7.2 magnitute earthquake hits El Salvador
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled El Salvador’s Pacific coast Thursday, however, there were no immediate reports of any damage from Thursday’s quake, BBC has reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 12:43 p.m. quake was about 92 miles south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.
El Triunfo is located about 50 miles southeast of San Salvador, the capital, where the quake was felt strongly. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) could hit the Pacific coasts of Nicaragua and El Salvador after the quake, but later said that available data showed the threat had passed.
Over the last two weeks, earthquakes with magnitudes over 7.0 have hit Japan and New Zealand.
Earlier on Thursday, category 2 Hurricane Otto hit land near the southeastern coast of Nicaragua, where thousands had already been evacuated away from vulnerable coastal areas and into shelters.