Guatemala Earthquake Kills 3

Guatemalan authorities said the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck western Guatemala early on Wednesday affected nearly 25,000 people and killed at least three women due to heart attacks. 

The United States Geological Survey said it measured a 6.2-magnitude quake, though Guatemalan authorities estimated it was at 6.8, followed by an aftershock of 4.8.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 84km, was in the coastal district of Escuintla, less than 100km southwest of the capital, Guatemala City.

According to rescue services, the quake caused landslides, damaged houses, and power outages.

Reports said the tremor was felt as far away as El Salvador, to the southeast of Guatemala, and in southern Mexico.

Firefighters also reported a landslide on the road from the capital to Antigua, Guatemala’s main tourist city.

Last year, more than 125 earthquakes were recorded in Guatemala, a country located at the meeting point of three tectonic plates, and sits in a risk zone for earthquakes.

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