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Earthquake Kills 5 in Guatemala, Southern Mexico

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An earthquake-damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, July 7, 2014.

An earthquake-damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala, July 7, 2014.

A strong earthquake on the Pacific Coast rocked southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least five people and damaging homes, hospitals and churches.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.9 magnitude quake was centered eight kilometers northeast of Puerto Madero, Mexico, near the Guatemala border.

The early Monday quake collapsed dozens of homes, triggered landslides and caused power outages.

The quake was felt strongly in Guatemala and Mexico's Chiapas and Tabasco states.

Firefighters said at least two people died in their homes from collapsed walls in the Guatemalan town of Pati, in the border province of San Marcos. Another woman in Quetzaltenango died from a heart attack. Guatemalan President Otto Perez said a newborn baby died when a hospital ceiling collapsed on him in San Marcos.

The civil defense office in Chiapas reported on its Twitter account that one man had been killed in Huixtla by a collapsed wall.

The Guatemala-Mexico border region was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in November 2012 that killed 48 people.

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