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Quake slams Mexico Guatemala at least 3 dead


first_imgTUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — 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 while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. on the Pacific Coast 1 mile 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.The national spokesman for local fire departments, Raul Hernandez, said at least two people died in their homes from collapsed walls in the Guatemalan town of Pati, in the border province of San Marcos, and another woman in Quetzaltenango died from a heart attack.But Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said later in a press conference that the only officially confirmed death so far was of a newborn hit by a piece of false ceiling in a San Marcos hospital. He said it wasn’t clear if the woman’s heart attack was earthquake related.Civil protection officials in the Mexican state of Chiapas raised the toll to two dead, and said at least a dozen people were injured by falling tiles and other debris.last_img read more




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