Guatemala quake kills 48

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Guatemalans, fearing aftershocks, huddled in the dark and frigid streets of this mountain town wrapped in blankets early on Thursday, while others crowded inside its hospital, the only building left with electricity after a powerful earthquake killed at least 48 people and left dozens missing.

Crews worked through the night in San Marcos, searching rubble for survivors and more dead following the magnitude 7.4 quake that struck on Wednesday near Guatemala’s border with Mexico.

The quake caused terror over an unusually wide area, with damage reported in all but one of Guatemala’s 22 states and shaking felt as far away as Mexico City, 965 km to the northwest.

It hit hardest in San Marcos, where more than 30 homes collapsed and many of the colourful adobe buildings in its centre were either cracked or reduced to rubble. — AP



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