Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group have begun leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.
At least 38 people were killed and dozens injured on Monday when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend in rural Guatemala, tumbling some 200 metres (660 feet) into a river at the bottom of a ravine, officials said.
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Investigators do not yet know what caused the crash or what was the final destination of the bus, which was traveling south toward Guatemala City. Rescue workers said that conditions were dry and mostly sunny and that the bus was likely over capacity.
“There are 38 dead, among them six children and 12 women,” said Sergio Vasquez, a volunteer firefighter at the site of the accident.
Local television said many of those on the bus were vendors taking farm produce to market.
The last major bus accident in Guatemala occurred in 2008 when an overcrowded bus slid off a highway and down a 15-metre (50-foot) slope some 65 km (40 miles) southeast of the capital, killing 53.
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The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located 4 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers (124 miles).
“So far we have received no reports of damage and we’re monitoring nationwide,” said Mario Cruz, a spokesman for firefighters.
The quake was only 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Guatemala’s capital, but was barely felt, perhaps because of its depth.
In November 2012, a magnitude-7.4 earthquake left 42 people dead in Guatemala. The quake, which was just 32 kilometers (20 mile) deep, was centered off the coastal town of Champerico. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a 1976 temblor that killed 23,000.