Magnitude 6.9 quake reported in Guatemala

2017-06-14 15:44
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Guatemala City - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at least one person early on Wednesday, officials said.

The US Geological Survey reported the tremor was centred 8km southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala about 111km below the surface.

Guatemala's emergency co-ordination agency said the quake struck at 01:29 local time in the department of San Marcos west of the capital near the Mexican border, but was felt throughout the country.

The country's National Civil Police said one person was injured in San Sebastian Retalhuelu in southern Guatemala when part of a church collapsed.

Julio Sanchez of the volunteer fire-fighters said the man, who was passing by the church when the earthquake struck, was receiving care.

Authorities reported several departments, or states, without electricity.

Across the border in Chiapas, Mexico, Governor Manuel Velasco said via Twitter that there were reports of cracked walls and shattered windows in Huixtla, but so far no injuries. The state's Civil Protection authorities said the quake was felt throughout the state.

There was no tsunami warning.

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