Mexico Earthquake: 6.9-Magnitude Quake Shakes Puerto Madero, Swaying Buildings in Mexico City; 3 Dead

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Monday morning began with a jolt along the western coast of Mexico when a deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook buildings as far away as Mexico City.

The large temblor occurred at 6:23 a.m. local time (7:23 a.m. Eastern time), five miles northeast of Puerto Madero, Mexico. The epicenter was near the Guatemalan border, where strong shaking was also felt, according to

Firefighters spokesman Raul Hernandez says at least two people were killed in the Guatemalan town of San Marcos. Western Guatemala also suffered power failures from the quake. The civil defense office in the Mexican state of Chiapas reported on its Twitter account that one man had been killed in Huixtla by a collapsed wall.  

Hernandez reported damage in at least 30 homes in Guatemala, as well as landslides and toppled utility poles.

There were reports of power outages and rock slides on some roadways in Guatemala. Photos posted on social media sites and published by the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre showed buildings with huge cracks across their facades in San Marcos, and one which apparently suffered a partial collapse.

In Chiapas, where the quake was centered, panicked people poured into the streets and the Red Cross said it was treating some frightened adults and children.

“I thought the house was going to collapse,” said Claudia Gonzales, 32, who ran to the street in the town of Comitan with her 1-year-old daughter.

The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico, but officials had no immediate reports of damage.

In the city of Tapachula, near the epicenter, city employee Omar Santos said “buildings were moving, windows broke in some houses and businesses, and people ran through the streets in the dark.”

The U.S. West Coast, as well as the Hawaiian and Alaskan coasts, are not at risk for a tsunami, the United States Geological Survey said Monday morning.

The quake, which was originally reported to be magnitude 7.1 but later revised down, was centered 37 miles below the surface.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

2 thoughts on “Mexico Earthquake: 6.9-Magnitude Quake Shakes Puerto Madero, Swaying Buildings in Mexico City; 3 Dead

  1. God’s way of telling them Mexican bastards to stop aiding and abetting the transporting of illegals through their country into ours.

    Unfortunately, they most likely won’t take even the slightest hint of it.

  2. I was thinking along those lines as well. lol!
    or because of it, its gonna get worse with an ever increasing influx of border crossings.

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