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Major Earthquake Hits Mexico-Guatemala Border

  •  The epicenter of the earthquake was 98 kilometers beneath the surface.

     The epicenter of the earthquake was 98 kilometers beneath the surface. | Photo: Google

Published 14 June 2017
Opinion

A tremor measuring 6.9 magnitude strikes off Mexico coast near Chiapa, at least one hurt, but there have been no reported fatalities.

A major earthquake has hit near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

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A strong 6.9-magnitude tremor struck eight kilometers southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala – a small town near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

The earthquake struck after a series of smaller quakes hit the Pacific coast off Chiapas. The epicenter of the earthquake was 98 kilometers beneath the surface.

At least one person was reported hurt, but there have been no reported fatalities.

Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales tweeted that everyone should 'stay calm and be alert to possible aftershocks'.

The Latin American country is susceptible to earthquakes because it intersects two tectonic plates.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), there could be “aftershocks hours, days, or weeks after the main quake.”

Aftershocks were reportedly felt in western Guatemala and southern Mexico.

There have been no reports of casualties or tsunami warning issued. 

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