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Magnitude-6.2 quake hits near Guatemala City

Guatemala City, Mar 26, 2013 (AP)

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guatemala City, but residents said they barely felt the temblor and authorities had no immediate reports of damages or deaths.

The US Geological Survey said yesterday the quake's epicenter was located 6 kilometers northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers.

"So far we have received no reports of damage and we're monitoring nationwide," said Mario Cruz, a spokesman for firefighters.

The quake was only 9 kilometers from Guatemala's capital, but was barely felt, perhaps because of its depth.

In November 2012, a magnitude-7.4 earthquake left 42 people dead in Guatemala. The quake, which was just 32 kilometers deep, was centered off the coastal town of Champerico. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a 1976 temblor that killed 23,000.


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