7.4 quake off El Salvador may cause ‘hazardous tsunami waves’


A 7.4 earthquake has struck about 106km (66 miles) off the coast of El Salvador, south-east of the city of Usulutan. There were no details of any casualties or damage, but the quake could be felt across Central America.

Although initial reports put the event at a shallow depth of just 9km (5.6 miles), revised estimates by the USGS now say it struck 25 miles (40km) deep.

A warning of “hazardous tsunami waves” was given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Monday, after first saying that a widespread tsunami wasn’t a possibility.

The area affected by the tsunami could also include coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, both of which are within 300km (180 miles) of the epicenter, the warning center said.

El Salvador’s emergency services advised all coastal residents to move inland.