Massive Quake Hits Guatemala

    Residents and rescue workers use heavy equipment to look for people feared buried at a sand mine, after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. The mountain village, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the epicenter, suffered much of the damage with some 30 homes collapsing in its center. There are three confirmed dead and many missing after the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a deadly 1976 quake that killed 23,000. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Moises Castillo

    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake shook a mountainous region of Guatemala near the Mexico border Wednesday morning. At least 48 have been reported dead, with a hundred missing and hundreds more injured. The powerful quake impacted all but one region of the country and was felt as far as 600 miles away in Mexico City. It is the strongest earthquake to have hit Guatemala since 1976. President Otto Pérez Molina flew to see the damage in the most affected region. “One thing is to hear about what happened and another thing entirely is to see it,” he told the Associated Press. “As a Guatemalan I feel sad … to see mothers crying for their lost children.”

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