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Strong Quake Hits Mexico, Guatemala; 2 Dead

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake on the Pacific Coast has jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. At least two people are reported dead in Guatemala.

The magnitude 6.9 earthquake damaged dozens of homes, sparked landslides and knocked over utility poles.

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake on the Pacific Coast has jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. At least two people are reported dead in Guatemala.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT; 11:23 GMT) on the Pacific Coast 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border.

Firefighters spokesman Raul Hernandez says at least two people were killed in the Guatemalan town of San Marcos. In Mexico local news media reported the quake was felt strongly in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was centered 57 miles (92.2 kilometers) below the surface.


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