Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

At least five killed after 6.9 quake hits Guatemala and Mexico

At least five killed after 6.9 quake hits Guatemala and Mexico

A strong natural disaster has hit southwestern Guatemala near the border with Mexico, killing at least two people and damaging buildings, including a church and a bridge. Both locations were close to the epicentre.

At least one person was hurt after a church collapsed in the tremor, but there have been no reported fatalities.

Presidential guards stand outside the National Emergency Coordination Agency's headquarters as Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales attends a meeting with his staff, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

According to authorities, power went off in the Guatemalan departments of Retalhuleu, Quetzaltenango and Suchitepequez.

The quake, originally estimated to measure 6.6 on the Richter scale before being revised upward, epicentred 156 kilometres west of Guatemala City in the department of San Marcos, the Institute of Seismology said.

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The region of the epicenter is mountainous and sparsely populated with communities scattered around the base of the dormant Tajumulco volcano.

Minor damages are being reported this morning in Chiapas after a 6.9-magnitude quake was recorded in Guatemala near the Mexican border.

Officials said classes in the area would be canceled on Wednesday to allow school buildings to be inspected. It caused some structural damage to homes and triggered landslides.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The Civil Protection Authority in Mexico's Chiapas posted photos on Twitter showing damaged buildings and homes.

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