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Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Venezuela's west, one dead in rockfall.

Washington, Nov. 7 (Petra)-- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck mountainous western Venezuela in the early hours of Saturday, knocking out power in some areas, damaging some buildings and triggering rock falls that killed one man, authorities said.

The quake's epicentre was about 27 km from the city of Merida near the Colombian border, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Some 12 aftershocks hit the area on Saturday morning, authorities added.

"We lament the death of Edgardo Salas, a state government employee, following a rock collapse due to the quake," Merida Governor Alexis Ramirez said on Twitter, adding that four other people travelling in the car were unharmed.

Power was knocked out in certain parts and tunnels were shut in the mountainous area as a preventative measure, Merida's mayor added on Twitter.

A church and cemetery in the town of Chiguara suffered structural damage, authorities said.

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7/11/2015 - 09:16:30 PM

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