Quake strikes Mexico and Guatemala

EL SALVADOR - A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Guatemalan firefighters said they had received reports of two people being killed in the region of San Marcos, on the border with Mexico.

Dozens of homes are also said to have been damaged in San Marcos.

The quake's epicentre was near the city of Puerto Madero in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, but it could be felt as far north as Mexico City and as far south as El Salvador.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had originated 60km (37 miles) below the surface, while Mexican seismologists said its depth was more than 90km.

The emergency services in Guatemala said two people died when their house collapsed on top of them in the town of San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta.

The same area was struck by a quake in 2012 which killed almost 50 people.

A resident of Guatemala City told the BBC she had been woken up by the quake which "shook her whole house".

There have been no reports of any deaths in Mexico.

Officials in Chiapas said there had only been "slight damage" to infrastructure.

Mexico lies on top of three continental plates and is regularly shaken by tremors.

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