Two dead after 6.9 earthquake strikes off Mexican coast

By Michelle Kapusta,

At least two people have died after a powerful earthquake struck off the southern Mexican coast near the border of Guatemala on Monday morning.

The Associated Press reported that the quake was initially calculated at a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale, but later lowered to a 6.9.

CNN noted that the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 local time, one mile northeast of Puerto Madero and about 127 miles west of Guatemala City.

Firefighter spokesman Raul Hernandez said at least two people were killed inside their homes.

The strong quake rocked the Guatemalan region of San Marcos where authorities said cracks in buildings opened up and landslides were reported in the area.

In addition, dozens of homes have been damaged and there have been power outages in Guatemala.

Local Mexican news media outlets have said that the quake, which was centered 57 miles below the surface, could also be felt in Chiapas, Tabasco and El Salvador.



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