7.4-magnitude quake off Guatemala kills 39, felt in Mexico City
GUATEMALA CITY (REUTERS) - A strong earthquake off the coast of Guatemala shook buildings in the capital and killed at least 39 people on Wednesday, trapping others under rubble and triggering evacuations as far away as Mexico City.
The 7.4 magnitude quake hit at 10.35am local time (12.35am Thursday Singapore time). A local fire chief s aid a t least some of the d ead were buried under debris in a mo untainous region near the Mexican border.
Landslides blocked roads in some areas, authorities said, and about 40 houses were severely damaged.
It was the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a 7.5 magnitude quake in 1976 that claimed more than 20,000 lives.