Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mexico earthquake latest: Huge 6.9 quake hits at border with Guatemala

A HUGE earthquake has taken place near the Mexico-Guatemala border, with experts saying that aftershocks could be felt for WEEKS.

A strong 6.9 magnitude tremor struck eight kilometres southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala, at 8.29AM UK time.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has said that locals should “expect aftershocks hours, days, or weeks after the main quake”, although this is a standard warning.
The epicentre of the earthquake was 98 kilometres beneath the surface, with aftershocks felt around western Guatemala and southern Mexico, including a 5.2 tremor.
There are currently no reports of casualties, nor has a tsunami warning been issued but there has been damages to buildings.
Tajmaluco, a small town with a population of just over 4,000, lies near the Mexico-Guatemala border.
Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales said on Twitter: "There has been a strong earthquake in our city, please keep calm and be on alert for possible aftershocks.”
Tajumulco straddles the Guatemala-Mexico border
The USGS stated: "Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction.”
One resident told local media: "Wow what a shaker this one was.
"Even the electricity went out for a little bit and that never happens in all the earthquakes I've experienced here. All of my dogs went nuts and started running around and barking."
According to the National Institute of Seismology in Guatemala, the earthquake lasted for just over six seconds.

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