A strong earthquake killed at least one man early Thursday as it collapsed homes in Honduras and Belize and sent people running into the streets in their pajamas as far away as Guatemala City.
The magnitude-7.1 quake struck at 3:24 a.m. at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado. The epicenter was 130 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba, Honduras.
"People were running for the door," said Alfredo Cedeno, an employee at the Gran Hotel Paris in La Ceiba. "You could really feel it and you could see it - the water came out of the pool."
A man died after his house collapsed in Pineda de la Lima, 200 kilometers north of the capital, Tegicugalpa, according to Carlos Gonzalez, deputy director of Honduras' Permanent Emergency Commission. A neighbor's house also collapsed, he said.