At least 48 dead after 7.4-magnitude quake off Mexico-Guatemala border
November 7th, 2012
09:28 PM ET

At least 48 dead after 7.4-magnitude quake off Mexico-Guatemala border

Editor's note: A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Wednesday off the coast of Guatemala, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Guatemalan officials say at least 48 people died and about 125,000 people were without power. The quake, centered about 15 miles from the coastal city of Champerico at a depth of 26 miles, was felt throughout Central America and as far north as Mexico City. Below are updates:

[Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET] At least 48 people were killed as a result of the earthquake, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said.

[Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET] The death toll in the Guatemalan quake has risen to at least 29, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the country's disaster relief agency.

[Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET] This is the strongest earthquake in Guatemala since 1976, but the damages don’t appear to be as bad as those sustained back then, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said.

Perez Molina said five aftershocks have happened since the first quake, which happened at about 10:35 a.m. local time (11:35 a.m. ET).

[Updated at 3:32 p.m. ET] Another quake this time with a magnitude of 5 happened at about 1:55 p.m. local time (2:55 p.m. ET), more than three hours after and 17 kilometers south-southwest from the first one, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first quake had a depth of 25.8 miles. The second had a depth of 21.8 miles, according to the USGS.

[Updated at 3:11 p.m. ET] Three people were confirmed dead after an earthquake in Guatemala Wednesday, but the number could rise, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said.

Unconfirmed preliminary reports indicate up to 15 people were killed, 15 more were trapped and 100 people are missing after the quake, he said.

[Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said about 125,000 people were without power in Guatemala because of the quake. The president said he had heard reports of some deaths, but declined to confirm any fatalities until his government collects more information.

[Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET] The quake was felt throughout Central America and as far north as Mexico City. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

[Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET] Latest information from the USGS regrades the quake as having a magnitude of 7.4 and locates it 15 miles south of Champerico, Guatemala.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] There's no tsunami threat to the Pacific region from this quake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s latest bulletin.

[Posted at 11:50 a.m. ET] A 7.5-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Guatemala, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The tremor was recorded at a depth of 20.5 miles, some 28 miles southwest of Champerico, close to the border with Mexico.

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  1. shari

    Please pray for all those victims of this event. My heart goes out to all who are suffering. Yes, this is a sign of Christ's return. Please prepare... the time is nigh...

    November 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ALAN FISCHER

      Who cares

      November 18, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. kevobx

    The problem is thou the white man who loves art will not humble himself. The world is following the proud, exactly who God resisted. God gaves us rest and heritage. God gave the devil peace and culture. The chip, the mark of the beast is in your devices? Who are you Facebook OR The book of life *2nd Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. *Jeremiah 18:12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. (Revelation 19:20)

    November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kevobx

    Am I my brother's keeper? Psalm 83 the truth is out, who is Moab and Ammon? *Nehemiah 13:1-2 ON that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and water but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing. (John 7:13) & (Esther 8:17)

    November 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. kevobx

    Why did Lincoln say "Fourscore and seven years ago"? Let us ask God *Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strenght they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. *2nd Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (*Jeremiah 41:5*)

    November 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. kevobx

    Are you in the third and fourth generation? (Genesis 15:16) *Exodus 20:3 Thou shall have no other gods before.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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