The Central American Pacific coastline was jolted by a 7.4 earthquake, prompting panicked evacuations. The quake, which shook buildings in Guatemala City and San Salvador forced people to stream out of homes, schools and office buildings as far north as Mexico City.
President of Guatemala declares a red alert, suspending all public activities and recommending evacuations of all government buildings.
Residents as far away as Mexico City were affected, according to witnesses. The quake prompted Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard to tweet, “We just had an earthquake,”
One Mexico City metro line was briefly suspended but Ebrard reported moments later that the system was back running normally.
Witness in Guatemala City said people were evacuating homes in parts of the capital, and fire-fighters and rescue workers were on alert. Office workers were also evacuating buildings in Mexico City.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey conducted at the time the quake actually him 28 miles southwest of Champerico, Guatemala, close to the Mexico border. The epicentre was 25 miles below the surface.
Multiple fires reported and residents are telling officials that two people were buried underneath houses.