Two people reported dead in Guatemala after strong earthquake

by Reuters
Monday, 7 July 2014 12:43 GMT

A damaged house is marked for demolition by rescue authorities after the earthquake that struck in San Marcos, in the San Marcos region, about 250 km (155 miles) from Guatemala City, November 9, 2012. REUTERS/William Gularte

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GUATEMALA CITY, July 7 (Reuters) - Two people were reported dead and dozens of homes were believed to have been damaged in an earthquake which rocked Guatemala and southern Mexico on Monday, emergency services said.

Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for fire services in Guatemala, said that in the region of San Marcos his unit had reports of 30 houses damaged and two people dead.

The quake, which had a magnitude of 7.1, was centered 22 miles (35 km) west-southwest of the city of Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas at a depth of about 47 miles (75 km) the U.S. Geological Survey said. Authorities in Chiapas said there were no immediate reports of major damage. The quake was also felt in El Salvador.

(Reporting by Mike McDonald in Guatemala City and Bill Trott in Washington; Writing by W Simon, Editing by Doina Chiacu and Alden Bentley)

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