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No Tsunami Threat in Hawaii From Guatemala Earthquake

November 7, 2012, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated November 7, 6:08 PM
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At least 39 people died in a powerful earthquake that struck off the coast of Guatemala this morning, CNN reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the 7.4-magnitude tremor did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami.

The quake’s epicenter was about 15 miles off the western coastal town of Champerico. It was initially reported to have occurred off the coast of Mexico.

According to CNN, the death toll was expected to rise as about 100 people were reported missing and at least a dozen were reported trapped under rubble.

The temblor that occurred at 6:35 a.m. Hawaii time was the strongest to hit Guatemala since a 7.5-magnitude quake killed more than 23,000 people in 1976.

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