Raw: Earthquake Jolts Mexico, Guatemala


A large, 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Southern Mexico and Central America early Monday morning killing two people and damaging infrastructure. (July 7)



Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico - July 7, 3025

1. Various shots of earthquake damage: crumbling buildings, broken glass


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

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 0453 IST on the Pacific Coast 2 kilometres 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.

Firefighters spokesman 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.

The civil defence office in the Mexican state of Chiapas reported on its Twitter account that one man had been killed in Huixtla by a collapsed wall.

Hernandez reported damage in at least 30 homes in Guatemala, as well as landslides and toppled utility poles.

The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico and as far away as Mexico City, but officials had no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was centred 60 kilometres below the surface.

In the city of Tapachula, near the epicentre, city employee Omar Santos said that buildings were moving, windows broke in some houses and businesses, and people ran through the streets in the dark.

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