A powerful earthquake jolted a wide section of southern Mexico and Central America early Monday, killing at least three people and damaging dozens of buildings in Guatemala.
The 6.9 quake was felt as far north as Mexico City, through central Guatemala and as far south as El Salvador. Its epicenter was on the Pacific Coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, near a border town called Puerto Madero, about 40 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website. It hit at 6:23 a.m. local time.
Most damage was reported in the Guatemalan state of San Marcos, where walls collapsed and electrical power was temporarily cut. Numerous landslides were also reported.
There were initial reports of two people crushed to death in San Marcos and another Guatemalan dead of a heart attack. But the country's president, Otto Perez Molina, later said the only confirmed death linked to the quake was a newborn hit by a piece of falling ceiling.
The affected region of southern Mexico is known for seismic activity; several quakes with magnitudes in the high 6s or low 7s were registered in the last year.