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. Amber

    The best is yet to come! That is so true the lord is on his way! And we will finally be at peace!

    November 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Gifford

    Why blame supernatural? Couldnt someone have created an explosion where the plates are bound to shift and just speed up the process? Then let people make illogical assumptions that it was God.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonjo

    I think this persons mouth cause the Earthquake, you better get that checked, mate.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason Gifford

    Didnt we see all this last time Obama won?

    November 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Victoria

    It is the strogest earthquake we have had in Guatemala since the one in 1976. That one killed over 20,000 people. Thank God the type of construction now is much better. We have not felt any aftershocks, which is quite unusual for something like this.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • worried Mom

      My son is in Guatemala outside the 2nd largest city Xela visting his girlfriend. I have not heard from them and I am hoping he is okay. Are you closer to the northern part of the country?

      November 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IFeelSorryForU

    Seriously? Illegal Guatemalans voting? Man, I feel so sorry for you!

    November 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sammy P

    Has anyone of you people known that we are parasites on a living giant, EARTH?!!

    November 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. belkirk

    It was felt here in Belize too, buildings shaking etc. Very scary!

    November 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason Gifford

    In 2011 it flooded real bad around here. The Army Corps of Engineers was nervous about using dynamite to blow up the levy at Birds Point in fear of activating the New Madrid Fault. So anybody could create a great earthquake if they know where the plates are. They dont have to tell you anything. Your logic and imagination will do that for them. THINK

    November 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hide Behind

    How easily we accept death and destruction not of our own, measured in "only's" and not as bad.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Jesus, do you read these comments? If so, I'd like you to do something about that awful Bashar Assad. If you're not too busy. If it's not too much trouble. And global hunger. And a new Jag would be nice.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • god

      I can swing the jag but I still have to punish innocent people by starvation, earthquakes and floods.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sad

    the world is falling apart.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. TvNyC

    Its sad whats happened in prayers are with their families. It is a sad world nowadays and God is going to end this sad world and rebuild a new and happy eternal life. Repent people, everybody is a sinner and this is why we are all in this together. Please dont be ignorant. The world is ending and you dont have a lot of time so you better get your priorities straight. Take care folks and try to have a good day. #Obama2012

    November 8, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      You are delusional. Not only about god but also knowing the world is ending and no one has a lot of time. What positive spin are you going to put on your god that ruthlessly caused an earthquake that murdered 48 people?

      November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaptureReady

      Amen!.... So very true, earthquakes in divers places! Jesus is soon to come back, be ready and be filled with the Holy Spirit!

      November 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      in genesis didnt god promise not to destroy the world a secound time?

      November 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kevobx

    Syrian rebels move in on Israel's border, truth? *Ezekiel 11:11 but I will judge you in the border of Israel: *Isaiah 19:24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: (The day is at hand?) *Psalm 109:6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. *Ezekiel 11:5 Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. (The world chose king David and his son king Solomon, and this is why? *2nd Chronicles 35:3*) Salvation is with God of Jacob and the house of Joseph. Christianity is against the Word of God (Revelation 19:10) and religion is against the word of the Lord (Isaiah 1:10)

    November 14, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. kevobx

    The works of the flesh are seen (Galatians 5:19-21) *Ezekiel 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh. *1st Corinthians 10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: (Isaiah 1:11) *Ezra 4:12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundation. (Heb 4:3) *2nd Kings 18:26 for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the wall. *Ezra 4:7 and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue. *Ezekiel 11:11 but I will judge you in the border of Israel:

    November 14, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
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