At least 48 people have been killed after an earthquake hit the Pacific coast of Guatemala.The department of San Marcos in the North West of the country was the worst affected
Many of the dead were buried under falling debris. Power supplies and phone lines were brought down and landslides blocked roads.
The 7.4 magnitude tremor was felt as far away as neighbouring Mexico and El salvador. In Nicaragua, the country was put on Tsunami alert
In Mexico City,police police officers ushered people out of buildings to safety. The Mayor said no serious injuries or damage had been reported although the quake had been strongly felt.