The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala's Pacific coast, 1 injured


GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A second strong earthquake in less than a week struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Sunday, injuring one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The epicentre of the 6.2 magnitude tremor was centred 24km west-southwest of Champerico, near Guatemala's border with Mexico, 30km below the surface.

"We felt it very, very strongly here," said Vinicio Saraza, spokesperson for the Red Cross in San Marcos state, a mountainous region abutting Mexico's southern Chiapas state which suffered heavy damages in Wednesday's 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Local firefighters said one woman was taken to the hospital in San Marcos with minor injuries after a wall fell on her, but there were no other damages to report.