Guatemala president: quake kills 39

Associated Press
People gather in the street after evacuating their office buildings after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.  A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Wednesday morning, rocking the capital and shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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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.

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