Thursday, November 24, 2016

Threat of tsunami after earthquake hits El Salvador and Nicaragua (local time: 12:43, Depth 10 km)

A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region, US monitoring agencies said.

The Pacific Tsunami Center said tsunami waves of up one metre were possible on the Pacific coasts of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

The quake came as a hurricane barrelled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Emergency services in El Salvador said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage at a national level.

The 7.0 magnitude quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.2, was very shallow at 10.3km below the seabed, which would have amplified its effect.

  • Magnitude Mw 7.0

Date time 2016-11-24 18:43:48.1 UTC
Location 11.96 N ; 88.89 W

  • Depth 10 km

194 km S of San Salvador, El Salvador / pop: 526,000 / local time: 12:43:48.1 2016-11-24
161 km S of Usulután, El Salvador / pop: 52,000 / local time: 12:43:48.1 2016-11-24
151 km S of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador / pop: 19,100 / local time: 12:43:48.1 2016-11-24

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