Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Mexico, Guatemala

8 07 2014
A damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, in this July 7, 2014 handout picture by Guatemala's municipal fire department. A strong earthquake shook the Guatemalan border with Mexico on Monday, killing at least four people, damaging dozens of buildings and triggering landslides. The 6.9 magnitude quake struck near the frontier, and much of the damage was reported in the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, where it downed power lines, opened cracks in buildings and triggered landslides which blocked roads. (REUTERS/Municipal fire department/Handout via Reuters)

A damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, in this July 7, 2014 handout picture by Guatemala’s municipal fire department. A strong earthquake shook the Guatemalan border with Mexico on Monday, killing at least four people, damaging dozens of buildings and triggering landslides. The 6.9 magnitude quake struck near the frontier, and much of the damage was reported in the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, where it downed power lines, opened cracks in buildings and triggered landslides which blocked roads. (REUTERS/Municipal fire department/Handout via Reuters)

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people and damaging dozens of homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT; 11:23 GMT) on the Pacific Coast 1 mile (2 kilometers) north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9. (AP)

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Photos: Strong Earthquake Hit Off Guatemala Coast

8 11 2012

Residents walk among rubble after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. The mountain village, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the epicenter, suffered much of the damage with some 30 homes collapsing in its center. There are three confirmed dead and many missing after the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a deadly 1976 quake that killed 23,000. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday at  around 10:35 a.m. local time (11:35 EDT),  killing at least 48 people.

At least 23 people are still missing.

The strong earthquake damaged buildings, cars and roads. 

The quake struck off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, 15 miles south of Champerico and 101 miles west-southwest of the capital”, said the US Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles below the surface.

Most of the dead were buried under debris in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.

Landslides that blocked the roads in some areas and severely damaged about 40 houses.

San Marcos state governor Luis Rivera said that the state government offices were almost completely destroyed.

In Guatemala City, office workers evacuated office buildings, although most soon returned to work.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a small tsunami was registered on Guatemala’s coast, adding that there was a risk of localized damage within a 62 mile radius.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador and more than 765 miles away in Mexico City.

This is a disaster!

Two women walk past a building damaged after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents begin clearing rubble from a damaged building after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents on motorcycles drive past a damaged road after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A police officer stands in the archway of a building damaged by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)





A 7.4 Earthquake Hits Off El Salvador Coast: USGS

27 08 2012

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit in the Pacific Ocean about 78 miles off the coast of El Salvador late Sunday night.

The earthquake struck 74 miles south of Usulutan, El Salvador, at a depth of 33 miles.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.

But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

There were no immediate reports of damage to coastal areas or to shipping.








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