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Update: Guatemala: 6 more quake dead found; toll at 45
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) -- A spokeswoman for firefighters in Guatemala says rescue crews have found six bodies in the town of Quetzaltenango, bringing the death toll from the Central American nation's 7.4-magnitude earthquake to 45.
Guadalupe Iguenza says the bodies were found late Wednesday.
Guatemala president: quake kills 39
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) -- Guatemala's president says he has been informed that the death toll in a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck off the Pacific coast has risen to 39 people.
President Otto Perez Molina says the dead are in the northwestern state of San Marcos near the Mexican border, where the majority of the damage occurred.
He spoke to a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
USGS reports strong earthquake off Pacific coast of Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A strong earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a 7.4 magnitude.
It shook buildings in Guatemala City and was strong enough to send people running into the streets as far away as Mexico City. Guatemala's emergency management agency says it's received reports of at least one death.
A reporter in the town of San Marcos, about 80 miles north of the epicenter, told a local radio station that houses had collapsed with people inside. Fire officials say a school also collapsed and eight injured people had been taken to a nearby hospital.
Nicaragua's disaster agency has issued a local tsunami alert, but so far there have been no reports of a tsunami.
El Salvador's Civil Protection agency said officials were evacuating some coastal communities as a precautionary measure.
Posted: Wednesday, November 7 2012, 08:58 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms
May 21, 2013 21:14 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- An emergency official says Oklahoma has reinforced tornado shelters in more than 100 schools across the state, but the two that were hit by this week's storms in suburban Oklahoma City did not have them.
Albert Ashwood is director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He told reporters Tuesday it's up to each jurisdiction to set priorities for which schools get limited funding for safe rooms.
Ashwood says a shelter would not necessarily have saved more lives at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children sheltering in above-ground classrooms were killed. He says no disaster mitigation measure is absolute.
He says authorities are going to review which schools have safe rooms and try to get them in more schools across the state.
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