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Update:Powerful earthquake shook Guatemala

Guatemala, C.A.
June 14, 2007

A powerful earthquake that shook Guatemala and parts of El Salvador caused traffic chaos in Guatemala City, damaged some houses and generated landslides outside the capital.
The quake struck at 1:29 p.m. local time (1929 GMT) and was centered 70 miles (115 kilometers) southwest of Guatemala City off the Pacific coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Guatemala's seismology institute said the quake lasted 49 seconds.
In Guatemala City, people fled buildings into the streets, throwing traffic into chaos in the sprawling city.
"It rattled a lot of nerves," said Benedicto Giron, spokesman for the National Disaster Reduction Center.
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