6.9M Earthquake Jolts Mexico-US Border, San Marcos Hit with Landslides

An earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude shook the Guatemalan border with Mexico on Monday, killing 10 people, damaging scores of buildings.

The earthquake struck the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, where it pulled down power lines, triggered landslides and caused many road blocks.

Last time, similar earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude hit San Marcos region in November 2012 and more than 48 people were killed.

Luis Rivera, governor of the San Marcos, said at least 48 homes suffered significant damage in the local town of La Reforma, whose municipal cemetery was also destroyed.

"This quake was pretty strong. Families in the area are really scared because of the whole experience of November 2012. There are houses destroyed," he said.

The quake was centred 22 km southwest of the city of Tapachula in Chiapas at a depth of about 60 km said the U.S. Geological Survey, which had originally reported the quake at a magnitude of 7.1.

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