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Magnitude 6.9 Quake Kills 5 Near Mexico, Guatemala Border

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- An early morning earthquake centered in southern Mexico killed at least five people, damaging homes and blocking some roads in neighboring Guatemala.

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck along the Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico at 6:23 a.m. local time, according to a statement on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website. Four people, including one infant, died in Guatemala, the government reported, and one person was killed in the Mexican city of Huixtla, according to emergency personnel. Landslides blocked roads in Guatemala and the Education Ministry closed schools across the western portion of the country.

Homes were shaken off their foundations and left tilting toward the street in San Marcos, Guatemala. The country’s $50 billion economy is Central America’s largest, exporting goods including coffee, gold, and sugar.

While the temblor was also felt in Mexico City, there were no initial indications of damage in the capital, Milenio TV reported. The quake was at least 200 miles away from the nearest Mexican refinery.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Faries in Miami at wfaries@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net Harry Maurer, Bill Faries

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