Local television footage shows damage to buildings in Guatemala
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Guatemala hit by 7.4-magnitude earthquake

Dozens of Guatemalans are missing and at least 8 have been killed after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the Pacific coast, President Otto Perez Molina has said.

He has declared a national alert and advised people to evacuate tall buildings as a precaution.

Frightened people fled from offices and homes around the region, as buildings shook from Mexico City to San Salvador.

The BBC's Will Grant reports from Mexico City.

  • 07 Nov 2012