Quake Strikes Guatemala; 7 Killed


A strong earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, injuring scores of others and causing extensive damage, authorities said.

The quake, with a magnitude of 5.3, struck at 3:48 a.m. and was centered in a rural area 60 miles southwest of Guatemala City, the National Seismological Institute said.

In San Miguel de Pochuta, 40 miles west of the capital, 85% of the town's small adobe houses collapsed, killing at least five people and injuring 60, government reports said. They said at least two other people were killed in the western province of Solola.

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