USGS reports strong earthquake off Pacific coast of Guatemala

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 1:03 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a 7.5 magnitude.

It shook buildings in Guatemala City and was strong enough to send people running into the streets as far away as Mexico City. Guatemala's emergency management agency says it's received reports of at least one death.

A reporter in the town of San Marcos, about 80 miles north of the epicenter, told a local radio station that houses had collapsed with people inside. Fire officials say a school also collapsed and eight injured people had been taken to a nearby hospital.

Nicaragua's disaster agency has issued a local tsunami alert, but so far there have been no reports of a tsunami.

El Salvador's Civil Protection agency said officials were evacuating some coastal communities as a precautionary measure.

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231-a-11-(Julie Dutton, seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"definitely felt widely"-Seismologist Julie Dutton with the U.S. Geological Survey says people quite far from the epicenter have reported feeling the quake. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *231 (11/07/12)>> 00:11 "definitely felt widely"

235-c-09-(Michael Weissenstein (WYZ'-ehn-steen), AP correspondent)-"in Guatemala City"-AP correspondent Michael Weissenstein reports from Mexico City that damage in cities or densely populated areas appears to have been limited. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *235 (11/07/12)>> 00:09 "in Guatemala City"

232-c-12-(Michael Weissenstein (WYZ'-ehn-steen), AP correspondent)-"least one town"-AP correspondent Michael Weissenstein reports from Mexico City that an earthquake has struck Central America off the Pacific coast of Guatemala. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *232 (11/07/12)>> 00:12 "least one town"

229-a-13-(Julie Dutton, seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"damage or effects"-Seismologist Julie Dutton with the U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has occurred off the Pacific coast of Central America. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *229 (11/07/12)>> 00:13 "damage or effects"

230-a-11-(Julie Dutton, seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"expecting anything huge"-Seismologist Julie Dutton with the U.S. Geological Survey says the ocean probably absorbed some of the shock. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *230 (11/07/12)>> 00:11 "expecting anything huge"

234-c-08-(Michael Weissenstein (WYZ'-ehn-steen), AP correspondent)-"into the streets"-AP correspondent Michael Weissenstein reports from Mexico City that there are reports of damage, but it's likely to be more widespread. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *234 (11/07/12)>> 00:08 "into the streets"

233-c-08-(Michael Weissenstein (WYZ'-ehn-steen), AP correspondent)-"numbers could change"-AP correspondent Michael Weissenstein reports from Mexico City that casualties from the quake are likely to rise. ((watch for dating)) (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *233 (11/07/12)>> 00:08 "numbers could change"

APPHOTO MXEV104: People who work in office buildings along El Paseo de la Reforma stand outside after evacuating their offices due to an earthquake in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala Wednesday morning, rocking the capital and shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (7 Nov 2012)

<<APPHOTO MXEV104 (11/07/12)>>

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