A strong earthquake shakes El Salvador


The earthquake, of magnitude 6.6, has activated the tsunami warning. The emergency services of the Central American country have not initially registered material damage or victims.

A strong earthquake has shaken the center of El Salvador on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGC), which provisionally estimates the magnitude of the earthquake to be 6.6. The Ministry of Environment of the country has raised that estimate to 6.8. The emergency services of the Central American country have stated that initially there have been no material damages or victims.

The earthquake was recorded at 11.03 (Spanish peninsular time) 27 kilometers south-southeast of the city of La Libertad, on the coast of the Central American country. The USGC locates it 65 kilometers deep under the seabed. The tremors have been felt in neighboring Guatemala, according to Reuters.

The country has activated the alert for possible tsunami, following the indications of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of Hawaii (PTWC). There is no report of victims or personal injuries.

The Civil Protection service has ensured that the earthquake has been “very strong and long” and has been felt throughout the country, especially in the coastal strip and, more modestly, in the capital, San Salvador. While waiting to verify its exact consequences, the authorities have already confirmed power cuts and road closures.

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