Powerful quake jolts southern Mexico

Powerful quake jolts southern Mexico

Mon Jul 7, 2014 8:29PM GMT

A powerful earthquake has jolted southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least four people and damaging dozens of homes.

The 6.9-magnitude quake shook the border between Guatemala and Mexico on Monday.

The US Geological survey says the quake’s epicenter was located 22 kilometers southwest of the city of Tapachula in Chiapas at the depth of 60 kilometers.

Most of the damage was reported on the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, where landslides and power cuts were triggered.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez told reporters that a baby had been killed when a hospital ceiling collapsed on him in San Marcos.

“With the reports we have so far, we can say this quake has caused moderate damage. It’s not light damage,” said Perez.

Thirty-three people were injured, mostly with head trauma, 41 houses were severely damaged and 39 sustained lighter damages, he also said.

According to emergency services in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, a man died after a wall fell on him in the town of Huixtla.

On September 26, 2013, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck off the shore of southern Mexico and near Guatemala.

Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically-active regions being located above three large tectonic plates. In 1985, a disastrous 8.1-magnitude tremor claimed the lives of between 6,000 and 30,000 people.

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