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Death toll in Mexico, Guatemala quake rises to 5

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:57 a.m. CDT
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(Luis Soto)
Men review damage to the exterior walls of the market in San Pedro, Guatemala, Monday, July 7, 2014. The town was damaged by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast that jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — The death toll in from a magnitude-6.9 earthquake near Mexico's border with Guatemala has risen to five, with authorities confirming two more deaths in Mexico.

The director of civil defense for the Mexican border state of Chiapas says a total of four people there were killed by falling pieces of roofs or walls.

Luis Manuel Garcia Moreno said Tuesday that about 9,000 homes in Chiapas were damaged.

In neighboring Guatemala, President Otto Perez Molina said a baby died when parts of the ceiling collapsed on the newborn in the San Marco medical center. Perez Molina said 33 people were injured in Guatemala.

The quake occurred early Monday on Mexico's Pacific coast near the Guatemala border.

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