A large earthquake struck near the Mexico-Guatemala border — on Pacific coast — early Monday. Preliminary reports suggested the quake was a 7.1 on the Richter Scale, but it was later revised to a 6.9. Nevertheless, the hypocenter — the location of the tremor below ground — was only about 37 miles down. And according to the USGS, that’s a relatively shallow earthquake. That’s important to note because the shallower an earthquake, the more likely damage is to occur.
“Very strong” shaking was reported in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter.
USA Today says local media in Mexico reports that strong shaking was felt in Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
Additionally, damage and fatalities are being reported by authorities in Guatemala, “We have reports of damaged homes and apparently three people dead. For now, this is all supposition, we’re going by air to make checks,” Sergio Cabanas, a spokesman for Guatemalan emergency services, told Reuters.”
Images out of the area are few and far between, but a search of social media found a few images that at least, in part, illustrate the scope of damage.
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