3 dead in magnitude 6.9 quake near Tajumulco, Guatemala

Authorities reported moderate damage to homes power cuts and blocked highways

Authorities reported moderate damage to homes power cuts and blocked highways

A strong natural disaster hit southwestern Guatemala near the border with Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday (June 14), killing one person after a church collapsed and cutting power, officials said.

A strong 6.9-magnitude tremor struck eight kilometers southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala - a small town near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Three people died and seven were injured in a magnitude 6.9 quake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico on Wednesday, according to the national emergency coordination agency.

At least one person was hurt after a church collapsed in the tremor, but there have been no reported fatalities. A church collapsed in San Sebastian, Retalhuleu, injuring one person, emergency services reported.

Various buildings made of mud and straw were collapsed as a result of the earthquake
Various buildings made of mud and straw were collapsed as a result of the earthquake

President Jimmy Morales posted a message on Twitter saying "stay calm and be alert to possible aftershocks".

The epicenter was 20 kilometers (13 miles) west of San Marcos, Guatemala, which has about 25,000 residents. She said the epicenter is in a mountainous region of Guatemala, and rains in the region made it easier for landslides to take place.

The wounded suffered minor injuries caused by falling roof tiles or by falls in their attempt to be safe during the quake, said the state's Civil Protection Secretary, Luis Garcia.

There was no immediate warning of any tsunami.

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