Strong M6.9 earthquake hits Guatemala at border with Mexico (video and pictures)

A strong M6.9 earthquake hit near the city of San Marcos in Guatemala, near the border with Mexico.

Several people have been injured, buidings have collapsed and power has been caught off.

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M6.9 earthquake hit Guatemala near Meican border on June 14 2017. via USGS

The earthquake struck at 1:29 a.m. local time on June 14, 2017 near the Tajumulco Volcano, about 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles) northwest of San Marcos in Guatemala, or 37 kilometers (23 miles) northeast of Tapachula in Mexico.

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A car under debris after the powerful earthquake in Guatemala on June 14 2017. via EFE
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A woman was reported buried under stones in Chiapas, Mexico on June 14 2017 ater the strong earthquake in Guatemala. via EFE

USGS put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 6.9, while seismologists in Mexico and Guatemala put the magnitude at 7.0 and 6.6, respectively.

The strong quake struck at a depth of roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles).

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onsequences of the M6.9 earthquake at Guatemala and Mexico border on June 14 2017. via cdn
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Houses collapsed in Guatemala and Mexico after the strong M6.9 quake on June 14 2017. via Twitter

Residents said the earthquake was felt across the region and woke up many people, but there was no immediate word on the extent of damage and casualties.

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The president of Guatemala asked residents to stay calm and be prepared for aftershocks. via Twitter

Photos show some damage in both Guatemala and Mexico. Moreover, several people have been injured in both countries.

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Infrastructure damages and injuries after the M6.9 earthquake in Guatemala on June 14 2017. via Twitter
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in Mexico. Via Twitter

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales took to Twitter just minutes after the earthquake. “There has been a strong earthquake in our city, please keep calm and be on alert for possible aftershocks.

Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 45.6 million people across the region may have felt Wednesday’s earthquake, including 997,000 people who may have perceived “strong” shaking.

“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.” said a resident in Panajachel, about 77 kilometers (48 miles) southeast of the epicenter to EMSC.

Guatemala is on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala in November 2012, killing at least 39 people.

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