Strong quake hits Guatemala, five dead


A solid 6.9 magnitude quake hit Guatemala and southern Mexico, killing five individuals, causing power blackouts, and thumping down homes, authorities said.

The epicenter was around 156 kilometers (97 miles) west of Guatemala City in the bureau of San Marcos, the Institute of Seismology said.

The tremor was felt crosswise over the greater part of the nation yesterday, including the capital, and in addition in neighboring Mexico, as indicated by Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction.

After reports of two passings at first, three more individuals died of heart attacks supported amid the quake.

Video footage publicized by rescue teams demonstrated given way homes in western Guatemala, particularly ones made of mud and straw in this poor Central American nation.

Institute of Seismology representative Julio Sanchez said a 5.6-magnitude consequential convulsion hit over the border in Mexico minutes after the shudder.

In the southeastern Mexican condition of Chiapas, 11 individuals were dealt with for wounds. Twenty houses and five schools were harmed, state authorities said.

Guatemala is in a hazard zone for tremors, found where the Caribbean Cocos structural plates converge with North America’s structural plates.

San Marcos was hit by earthquakes in 2012 and 2014 that left many dead.