CARACAS, Venezuela – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck a mountainous area of Venezuela's western Merida state. Authorities say one person was killed when a rockslide hit a car.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 2:28 a.m. Saturday and was centered 5 kilometers (3 miles) south-southeast of the town of Lagunillas at a depth of 14 kilometers (9 miles). Two strong aftershocks of 4.8 and 4.9 and many lesser shakes have been felt in the area.
State civil protection director Gerardo Rojas told the state AVN news agency that several landslides occurred along the highway linking the cities of El Vigia and Merida. He says one of the slides dropped rocks on a car, killing one of the five people inside. The other four had minor injuries.