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article image6.6-magnitude earthquake hits Mexico-Guatemala border

By Anne Sewell     Sep 7, 2013 in Environment
Guatemala City - The US Geological Survey reports that the border between Mexico and Guatemala was shaken up on Friday night by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake.
The epicenter was approximately nine miles from the Mexican border in Pajapita, Guatemala.
Authorities have so far not reported any casualties or damage from the quake.
However Dale Grant with the US Geological Survey told the media that there is a potential for injuries, due to the size of the town.
"Again, a smaller community I doubt would have the high-rise buildings that generally cause most, many of the damage and casualties," he said.
"At the moment, we have no reports of damage or victims," said Mel Aparicio, an official at Guatemala's emergency services.
Reuters is reporting that, according to the Twitter feed of Guatemala's emergency services, several empty homes that were damaged in a previous earthquake in 2012, collapsed after the quake on Friday night.
The quake had a depth of 67 kilometers (41 miles) and was felt strongly in Guatemala City.
The closest cities to the quake were:
5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala
15km (9mi) NE of Suchiate, Mexico
26km (16mi) WSW of Coatepeque, Guatemala
28km (17mi) SSW of Malacatan, Guatemala
171km (106mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala
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