Earthquake hits Mexico and Guatemala, killing at least 3

GUATEMALA CITY — A magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America on Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 7:23 a.m. EDT on the Pacific Coast 1 mile north-northeast of Puerto Madero, Mexico, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said a baby died when parts of a ceiling collapsed on the newborn in the San Marcos medical center. He said there were reports of other deaths, but this was the only confirmed fatality in Guatemala. He added that there were 33 injuries.

Civil protection officials in the Mexican state of Chiapas said two people died there. Officials said at least a dozen people were injured by falling tiles and other debris.

Perez Molina said the quake was felt in 12 of Guatemala's 22 states. There were reports of power outages and rockslides on some roadways in Guatemala.

Photos posted on social media sites and published by Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre showed buildings with huge cracks across their facades in San Marcos, and one apparently suffered a partial collapse.

Classes were suspended in at least three western states bordering Mexico.

In Chiapas, where the quake was centered, panicked people poured into the streets. The Red Cross said it was treating some frightened adults and children.

The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico and as far away as Mexico City, but officials had no immediate reports of damage.

Firefighters check a home in San Pedro, Guatemala, that collapsed during an earthquake Monday morning. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake along the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least three.

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Firefighters check a home in San Pedro, Guatemala, that collapsed during an earthquake Monday morning. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake along the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least three.

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