Earthquake in Guatemala claims at least 52 lives

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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Guatemala hard on Wednesday morning, AP reports.
President Otto Perez Molina said that there have been as many as 70 aftershocks since the initial quake, with the highest aftershock measured with a magnitude of 4.9.
The eastern village of San Marcos has suffered the most damage, with 40 reported dead and many houses destroyed. Rescue crews continue to sift through the rubble, looking for survivors, and relief efforts are in effect for those without shelter, electricity and clean drinking water.
Damage from the quake has been reported in all but one of Guatemala's 22 states, and the effects were felt as far away as Mexico City, Fox News said.
The quake was 20 miles deep, and centered 100 miles southwest of Guatemala City. This was the most powerful earthquake to hit Guatemala since 1976.


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