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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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. JT

    we were warned the end is commng soon

    November 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      if i had a nickel for every time some nut erroneously declared "the end is near" over the past 2000 years, i would be an incredibly wealthy man.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Josh

    IT"S ALL OBAMA'S FAULT! Sorry, too early?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • deeznuts

      be careful with that joke, it's an antique.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      No, it's obviously climate change.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      No really... Thats the name of the earthquake prone region of the Pacific :OBAMAS FAULT...

      November 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcelo

      Is old but still funny....

      November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Golden Girl

    Come on up-no reason to stay in Mexico.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You have the wrong country! haha

      November 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Surrender Dorothy

      Then why not send the earthquake to the USA?

      November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Syracuse

    Mother Nature is upset at the election results.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • get a map

      Then she got the wrong country.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Syracuse

      I am assuming she is horrible at aim..

      November 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FOX News

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama's first action as the newly re-elected president is to commence a secret plan by the Democratic party to drill a large tunnel under the US-Mexico border to bring more Latino voters into the US in preparations for the 2016 Democratic candidates presidential campaign!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • simdog

      Its true Hilary Clinton 2016. You didnt know?

      November 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. J

      This is just pathetic and idiotic. You should consider maturing a bit.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. merlinblack

    Clearly Obama's fault.
    Let's parade out Pat Robertson so we can get his take.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Veracruz

    I live in Veracruz, Veracruz and I felt the quake.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rb

    Lots of big quakes around the pacific rim. Californians should have their personal emergency plans up to date.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lolatyouall

    it wasn't an Earthquake...was just American falling under the rule of a traitor

    November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    no tsunami warning?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rafael

      no, there's not tsunami warning.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      There is a local warning, but not a wide spread warning.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Antonio

    Another sign we are approaching the end of time. It's not dec 21, you psychos. Yet, the end is still near.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      superst!t!ous nonsense.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phearis

    I'm not going to worry for at least 3 more weeks, when all of the volcanoes start erupting.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rafael

    I live in Guatemala city, the earthquake was strong and long 30 seconds. But here in the city no electricity cuts. I've heard of some damage near the pacific coast.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Unknown

    Clearly God is punishing Guatemala because America reelected Obama *sarcasm*.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CNNuthin

    Well, back to old business. An Earthquake story here. A school shooting is just around the corner. But at least the political stories are going back down to a manageable level.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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