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Several dead as magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocks Guatemala and Mexico

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Several dead as magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocks Guatemala and Mexico

<p>A strong earthquake shook Guatemala and southern Mexico on Monday, damaging buildings, triggering landslides and sparking reports of at least four deaths. The magnitude 6.9 quake rattled the region and town of San Marcos on Guatemala’s border with Mexico.</p> <p>“This quake was pretty strong. There are houses destroyed”, said Luis Rivera, governor of the San Marcos region, which was also hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in late 2012 that killed 48 people. </p> <p><h3>Damaged houses, San Marcos, Guatemala (InfoEmergencias tweet):</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GUATEMALA?src=hash">#GUATEMALA</a>: Una de las viviendas afectadas por el terremoto en San Marcos. <span class="caps">FOTO</span> <a href="http://t.co/jxsDwJ8q3Z">pic.twitter.com/jxsDwJ8q3Z</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RigobertoGonzaz"><code>RigobertoGonzaz</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/YosefMel"></code>YosefMel</a></p>— InfoEmergencias (@InfoEmerg) <a href="https://twitter.com/InfoEmerg/statuses/486126768764751873">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Cracks opened up in buildings in San Marcos, and there were also landslides in the area, authorities said. Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for fire services in Guatemala, said that the in region of San Marcos his unit had reports of 30 houses damaged. Alejandro Maldonado, director of Guatemala’s emergency authority, <span class="caps">CONRED</span>, confirmed that three people had been killed. Emergency services in the Mexican border state of Chiapas later announced that a man had been killed by a collapsed wall in Huixtla.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Personal de PC se encuentra acompañando a los familiares de la persona fallecida por caida de barda en Huixtla.</p>— PC Chiapas (@pcivilchiapas) <a href="https://twitter.com/pcivilchiapas/statuses/486138573972713472">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><h3>Tapachula Airport, Mexico</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Aeropuerto de Tapachula, luego del <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sismo?src=hash">#sismo</a> que se sintió esta mañana en <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiapas?src=hash">#Chiapas</a> y <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Guatemala?src=hash">#Guatemala</a>. ( vía <a href="https://twitter.com/Chechetc"><code>Chechetc</a> ) <a href="http://t.co/p5t0K9fTW5">pic.twitter.com/p5t0K9fTW5</a></p>&mdash; Ciro por la mañana (</code>CiroGomezL) <a href="https://twitter.com/CiroGomezL/statuses/486129792073228288">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The quake was centred 35 kilometres west-southwest of Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas at a depth of about 75 kilometres. Authorities in Chiapas said there was no tsunami threat, despite the epicentre being on the coast. </p> <p>The earthquake was also felt in El Salvador and Mexico City. </p> <p><h3>Pictures tweeted by Volunteer Fire Service, San Marcos, Guatemala</h3><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Vivienda dañada en aldea Patí, San Rafael Pie de La Cuesta, San Marcos. <a href="https://twitter.com/BVoluntarios"><code>BVoluntarios</a> rescataron a tres ocupantes. <a href="http://t.co/5CTGFB8Um8">pic.twitter.com/5CTGFB8Um8</a></p>&mdash; Bomberos Voluntarios (</code>BVoluntarios) <a href="https://twitter.com/BVoluntarios/statuses/486143294456344576">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Pictures of damage in Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico</h3> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Así los daños en Huixtla tras sismo de 6.6 grados vía <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyAlertMx"><code>SkyAlertMx</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Efekto10"></code>Efekto10</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/riva_leo"><code>riva_leo</a> <a href="http://t.co/aD0xnDIAiD">pic.twitter.com/aD0xnDIAiD</a></p>&mdash; Verónica López (</code>verolopez_10) <a href="https://twitter.com/verolopez_10/statuses/486131473615814656">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiapas?src=hash">#Chiapas</a> Daños por el temblor de 6.9 Richter, en Huixtla. <a href="http://t.co/ghzxdihgm8">pic.twitter.com/ghzxdihgm8</a></p>— Amador Narcia (@amadornarcia) <a href="https://twitter.com/amadornarcia/statuses/486162194577371136">July 7, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>