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6.5 quake hits southern Guatemala, no casualties

world Updated: Sep 07, 2013 11:15 IST

A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the territories of southern Guatemala and El Salvador Friday, US seismologists said, though officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck just six kilometers from Pajapita, Guatemala at a depth 67.7 kilometers (42 miles) at 0013 GMT.

The Environmental Observatory in San Salvador said the quake was centered on the coast of Guatemala and Mexico, measuring its strength slightly lower at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

A second quake measuring 5.5 in magnitude occurred seven minutes later, according to the Observatory, with its epicenter in the Pacific waters of Guatemala.

"We have no reports of any damage," so far, Jorge Melendez, El Salvador's director of civil protection said on national radio.

The USGS said in its bulletin on the first quake that it was just 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Suchiate, a municipality in the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala.