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New 6.5 quake rattles Guatemala's Pacific Coast

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just as Guatemala was beginning to emerge from the rumble, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the country's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left thousands without homes in the region.

People fled buildings and homes in panic in cities along Guatemala's coast near its border with Mexico on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage. Locals were further panicked by four aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 4.5 to 5.0.

Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology and Hydrology, urged residents to avoid returning to buildings and homes with structural damage from the last quake.

Source: Associated Press