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. not a geologist

    Question to geologists;
    Are there any studies or data that looks at how global warming would affect the earths surface and if it would have any increase or decrease on earthquakes?? Seems to me if the surface warms and expands, it would take some of the pressure off the faults?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Geologist


      November 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SV

      Relly? No one said it was global warming causing it. The peak in solar activity plus the weakening of the earth's magnetic field have been heating up the center of the earth. Creating more pressure. Plus, get real. If we raise the temperature on the surface of the earth by say 10 degrees, and the polar ice caps melt. Do you think 10 degrees will compensate pressure for the molten rock in the center of the earth... come on!

      November 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      In fact, there has been speculation that a large change in ice buildup on the polar ice caps could cause tectonic movement, by changing weight distribution on the plates.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Penny

    Are the people too brown for you to care?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SplatTT Robertson

    I think Jesus is calling me.. Should I jump or should I weasel more cash for my cars from these fools who call into my show?

    November 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beej

    Its part of Bjork's Mutualcore release. Look out 11/13/2012

    November 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. not a geologist

    @ Geologist: "No" there are no studies? or "No" global warming won't affect the number of earthquakes??
    Very curious.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jo

    Not only are you off-topic, your statements are not founded in any fact or even supportive opinion.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. moses

    Apparently you do, since you took the time to scroll down and comment. Twice. Sounds like a certain little someone is crying out for attention.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Miguel Alvarado

    Michelle, I would answer you to fill you with details, but i'm busy dealing with more intelligent trolls at the moment.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jackie

    What do you mean who cares? If this was happening in your neck of the woods you would want someone to be concerned.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moon

    Shhh.... Give it at least one day's rest. Besides we won.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Seriously

    Ignorant..... you're right, the only thing that matters is your trust fund and what color you will dye your hair next. Forget the rest of the world, you're fine.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joshua

    Come Jesus Come and get us out of here. see harvest army and prophet dr owout and prophet tb joshua.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      I don't think Jesus reads the comments section of CNN.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      But...that's how I like to talk to Him. He's not listening?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MarBec22

    I would think that all commassionate people would care. What's you problem?

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

    Same ignorance of Humans always blaming others for whatever goes wrong in the Planet Earth. It's not Obamas fault that the Earthquake happened. The reason is of all the smog and all the manufactures poising the Air with Polution of toxic waste and destrying the Ozone layer and now we have the Climate change which will create a cause more catastrofies to come and this is only the beginning.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Cox

    Yes. It was the illegal Guatemalan population that put Obama over the top. I was hoping that fact wouldn't come out, but it looks like God had different ideas.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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