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5 dead as 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Mexico, Guatemala

Published time: July 07, 2014 11:36
Edited time: July 07, 2014 19:44
A damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, in this July 7, 2014.(Reuters / Municipal fire department)

A damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, in this July 7, 2014.(Reuters / Municipal fire department)

At least 5 people have been killed after a powerful 7.1-magnitude quake struck the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and neighboring Guatemala.

The earthquake struck 14km offshore from the city of Mazatan in Mexico, but strong tremors were felt across the border in Guatemala. Significant damages were reported in the region of San Marcos in Guatemala where the quake damaged buildings and triggered landslides.

"This quake was pretty strong. There are houses destroyed," Luis Rivera, governor of the San Marcos region, told Reuters.

Two people died as buildings collapsed in the Guatemalan town of Pati, in the border province of San Marcos, firefighters’ spokesman Raul Hernande said. A newborn baby was killed after a collapsed wall hit him in a San Marcos hospital, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said in an interview to radio Emisores Unidos. In another case, a woman in Quetzaltenango died from a heart attack.

Municipal firefighters stand outside a damaged building in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, in this July 7, 2014 .(Reuters / Municipal fire department)

The spokesman for the fire services added that twelve people were injured and 50 houses in the region were evacuated.

Mexicans and Guatemalans alike voiced their reaction to the earthquake on Twitter, with some people claiming the quake was felt as far south as El Salvador.

Mexico is located atop three large tectonic plates and is one of the world's most seismically-active regions. The last powerful quake struck the region in May, 303km from the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta.

The country has a long history of destructive earthquakes. In 1985, more than 9,500 people were killed in Mexico City after an 8.1 earthquake hit the region.

Comments (5)


Diego 07.07.2014 16:38

Maynard 07.07.2014 13:09

Autumnal Equinox-the day to present a golden star and a v ulva of lapis lazuli to the Triplegoddess.

December 12- the day of the Goddess at Tepeyac, Coatlicue


She is not a goddess. She is Virgin Mary: Virgen de Guadalupe (The Hill of Tepeyac stands in the Sierra de Guadalupe which is a group of mountains north of Mexico City where She showed Herself in the XVI century to the native San Juan Diego, thus the Basilica de Guadalupe was built).


paradigm-respawn 07.07.2014 16:28

Anything to do with the Maya or Aztecs really brings the Bugs out of the Woodwork!

M y Wife just callled from Momostenango (pretty much center of the map above) she said it hit around 5 this morning and lasted several minutes

Loo sened up the roofing tin and cancelled school for the boy but that's about all (the coast gets hit pretty hard for the liquefaction after 3 months of solid rainy season)

As far as Man-Made Quakes go - if you look at a Relief Map of Central America it looks like the surface of fresh-baked brownies - all crinkly and distorted

B ut Tectonics is why We have Jadeite!


Rasputin 07.07.2014 15:12

The Pacific rim is very active now, almost daily somewhere an earthquake. Waiting for Japan to take a big hit again at Fukushima and destroy the Pacific ocean if not all the oceans. The Pacific must be sinking from the additional weight from global warming. So volcanoes should be more active as pressure from the sinking forces up molten lava from the earth's core.

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