Rubble left in the street of a town in Chiapas after this morning's quake. Rubble left in the street of a town in Chiapas after this morning's quake.

Minor damage after 6.9-magnitude quake

Epicenter was in Guatemala near the border with Chiapas

Minor damages are being reported this morning in Chiapas after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Guatemala near the Mexican border.

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The United States Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was eight kilometers southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala. It struck 111 kilometers below the surface at 2:29am.

Mexico’s National Seismological Service said the epicenter was 16 kilometers southeast of Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas.

Earthquake alarms were set off in five municipalities in Chiapas, where damage to buildings was reported in Tapachula and Huixtla.

One death was reported earlier but that was later denied by state Civil Protection officials. However, there were some injuries.

There were broken windows and damaged walls in Ciudad Hidalgo, where large cracks appeared in a highway.

The effects were worse in Guatemala where the quake damaged homes, triggered landslides and injured at least one person.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Sol de México (sp)

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