(FoxNews) The earth shook violently in Central America Wednesday morning, as a 7.5 magnitude quake took over the Pacific coast of Guatemala, rocking the capital and shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador.

According to Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, 39 people died buried under rubble in three different Guatemalan towns.

Landslides were blocking roads in some areas, authorities said, and about 40 houses had been severely damaged in the quake, which occurred at 10.35 am local time.

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