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. JuancaGT

    I'm in Guatemala City, about a 100 miles from the quake epicenter and it felt VERY strong. It seems the southwestern part of the country was more affected.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jeff Cox

    It's Obama's "fault".

    November 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Jeff dont you know anything the standard excuse is its Bush's fault lol

      November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest1

      Haha Props for the geology joke:)

      November 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mistica

      well said Jeff

      November 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bcbyard

    I was waiting to see when this was going to be blamed on Obama or gays.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bubba

    You have angered Poseidon...

    November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. snowboarder

    thankfully there is no tsunami threat.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • souptwins

      That we know of so far.....

      November 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Unknown

    So God is punishing America by having an earthquack in Guatemala?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. 2012

    Obviously God has decided to punish Mexico for America's re-election of President Obama. The Lord works in mysterious ways, you know.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mistica

      You are right just right and this is just the beginning

      November 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lucia

    It's not our world , we have not even taken care of it. God rules......Repent and turn to Jesus .

    November 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan in Syracuse

      Is that the same guy that allows countless people to die by one psychopath??

      November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maya Man

    I am in Belize City and I felt it. It lasted for several seconds. Bigger one coming soon on December 21, 2012.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan in Syracuse

      Actually.. I heard it will be a supervolcano.... but what do I know.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maya Man

      could be... all I know is "the best is yet to come."

      November 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mistica

      yes and I cant wait for that one

      November 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. muncyd

    Earthquakes happen every single day.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan in Syracuse

      Very true. They should report every earthquake that happens..

      November 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mateo

    Any injuries or damamge in Guat City?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan in Syracuse

      Check the update at 12:15pm.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bethany Vicente

    We felt it strong here in Aguacatan, Huehuetenango, Guatemala... Not feeling aftershakes, but my heart is still pounding!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nora

    Actually there were two earthquakes, one of 7.4 located in the border of Guatemala and the mexican state of Chiapas, and the other of 6.3 located in the mexican state of Oaxaca, they were almost simultaneous.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bethany Vicente

      Nora, I have heard nothing else about that, but it would make perfect sense according to how strong we felt it here...we're about 77 miles from that border... Where can I find out more info on that?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ireuel

    No that was just the stock market crashing.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aja

      Dramatic much? It's not the first time the Dow has dropped. It'll be okay.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • GEBIA

      It must be Obama's fault

      November 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Miguel Alvarado

    It was the strongest earthquake i have exoerienced. I'm in Antigua, Guatemala, less than 100 miles from epicenter and it went on for minutes. The ground was crawling under us and the walls were visibly moving. I was at the 1989 SF 7.1 and this was wild.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • IronCelt

      Oh, man, that sounds scary....

      November 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerker

      Thank you Miguel. Hope all is well your way.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      I hope you're ok, Miguel. I have family in the city and hope they are doing well too! Thanks for keeping us informed.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bethany Vicente

      It lasted minutes there? I felt like someone was trying to pick my bed up here!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
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