A strong earthquake struck the southwestern coast of Guatemala this morning at about 1030am local time. The magnitude 7.4 quake is the strongest to hit the central American nation since a 7.5 quake in the mid-seventies, which killed 20,000 people.
Reuters reports 8 dead, more than a hundred missing, and damaged communication lines—which make it hard to get an accurate sense of the damage.
Update: death toll estimates range from 15 to 30, by various sources.
People felt the temblor as far away as Mexico City, some 750 miles from the epicenter.
(Photo: Prensa Libre)