GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan authorities reported several people injured and houses destroyed in the southwestern San Marcos department, bordering Mexico, after a strong earthquake with its epicenter in Mexico struck Thursday night.
The San Marcos authorities said they received information of several people injured but did not specify the number, and were verifying whether anyone had died.
The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale, according to the country’s authorities – which in Mexico measured 8.4 – also damaged several houses, with walls and ceilings collapsing in different municipalities of San Marcos, the source said.
The Guatemalan army said it had deployed troops in the department to establish the magnitude of damage caused by the tremor.
President Jimmy Morales said on television that assessment of the damage was being carried out and the results would soon be known.
He added that depending on the magnitude of the damage, classes in educational institutions could be suspended.
Morales said that all institutions were ready to respond to the emergency.