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6.5 quake hits southern Guatemala

People use public phones after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, in the streets of downtown in Guatemala City yesterday. The earthquake struck Guatemala close to the border with Mexico yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no initial reports of serious damage or injuries. Mobile phone networks were momentarily affected by the earthquake. - Reuters pic, September 6, 2013.People use public phones after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, in the streets of downtown in Guatemala City yesterday. The earthquake struck Guatemala close to the border with Mexico yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no initial reports of serious damage or injuries. Mobile phone networks were momentarily affected by the earthquake. - Reuters pic, September 6, 2013.

A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the territories of southern Guatemala and El Salvador yesterday, US seismologists said, though officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck just six kilometres from Pajapita, Guatemala at a depth 67.7 kilometres at 8:13am (Malaysian time).

The Environmental Observatory in San Salvador said the quake was centered on the coast of Guatemala and Mexico, measuring its strength slightly lower at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

A second quake measuring 5.5 in magnitude occurred seven minutes later, according to the Observatory, with its epicenter in the Pacific waters of Guatemala.

"We have no reports of any damage," so far, Jorge Melendez, El Salvador's director of civil protection said on national radio.

The USGS said in its bulletin on the first quake that it was just 20 kilometres northeast of Suchiate, a municipality in the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala. - AFP, September 7, 2013.

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