Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Guatemala coast


Posted at Nov 08 2012 12:57 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2012 09:09 AM

GUATEMALA CITY (UPDATE) – A strong earthquake off the coast of Guatemala on Wednesday shook buildings in Guatemala City and San Salvador and was felt as far away as Mexico City, Reuters witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off the Central American nation's Pacific coastline, 28 miles southwest of Champerico, Guatemala, near the border with Mexico. The epicenter was 25 miles below the surface.

A Reuters witness in Guatemala City said people were evacuating homes in parts of the capital, and firefighters and rescue workers were on alert. Office workers were also evacuating buildings in Mexico City.

(Reporting By Mike McDonald in Guatemala City and Nelson Renteria in San Salvador; Editing by Eric Beech)