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People carry the coffins of the 10 members of the Vasquez family who died when an earthquake struck San Cristobal Cucho, Guatemala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

Zoila Gomez grieves outside the room where the wake is taking place for members of the Vasquez family.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / AFP / Getty Images

A girl looks at a body inside a coffin during a wake for earthquake victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saul Martinez / EPA

Ivan Vasquez, 19, center, the only survivor of his family after an earthquake, is helped during the funeral procession of his family.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

Members of a search and rescue team carry the body of a quake victim in Barranca Grande village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A truck remains under the ruins of a collapsed house. At least 39 people died in southwestern Guatemala after a strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the country's Pacific coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Aurelia Lopez, right, comforts her 12-year-old son, Alex Fuentes, in the emergency room of a public hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

The relatives of Rosa Ramos, who died in the earthquake, walk together as they transport Ramos' body from the morgue to her village in San Marcos.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

Firefighters carry one of the bodies of four people who died in the earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP / Getty Images

A Firefighter stands by one of the victims who died in the earthquake. At least 39 people died in southwestern Guatemala after a strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the country's Pacific coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP / Getty Images

Residents walk among rubble after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

A relative of an injured person sits on the floor of a public hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

An overhead view of a road damaged when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Moises Castillo / Associated Press

A police station facade was partially destroyed by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sa˙l MartÌnez / EPA

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A deadly earthquake rattled Guatemala on Wednesday, knocking out electricity, destroying dozens of buildings and killing at least 39 people, with many more missing or buried, President Otto Perez Molina said.

The quake, which officials called the most powerful temblor to hit the Central American country in 36 years, occurred along the northern part of Guatemala’s Pacific coast. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as magnitude 7.4, while Guatemala’s National Seismological Institute ranked it as magnitude 7.2.

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