An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 shook El Salvador

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The telluric movement was recorded at 22:26 local time and its epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean, 37 km south of Mizata beach in department of La Libertad, at a depth of 41 km

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A 6-magnitude earthquake, 0 shook El Salvador

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 shook El Salvador. (TWITTER)

An magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook El Salvador this Thursday night, with no casualties or material damage reported. the moment, the Salvadoran government reported.

The telluric movement was recorded at 10:26 p.m. local time and its epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean, 37 km south of Mizata beach in the department of La Libertad, at a depth of 41 km, the Ministry of the Environment (MARN) specified in a report.

President Nayib Bukele assured that “apparently” the earthquake “has not caused damage” in the country, since both the armed forces and the police “report nothing new”.

< p class="paragraph">“The coast without news. Main roads without damage. The earthquake does not appear to have caused any damage. Thank God,” said the president.

The earthquake was also felt in Guatemala, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), which reported no affected people or material damage in that nation.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck El Salvador

Nayib Bukele reports on the earthquake in El Salvador. (TWITTER)

On social networks, Salvadorans pointed out that the tremor was felt in the 14 departments of the country, but was “more sensitive” in the coastal zone , according to MARN.

In San Salvador, the tremor caused alarm among the population. In many residential areas, people left their homes and took to the streets, according to local press reports.

The Salvadoran Minister of the Interior, Juan Carlos Bidegain, assured that, although at the moment no personal injuries or material damages have been reported due to the earthquake, “the entire territory is still being monitored” .

Civil Protection added that “all the institutions” of the system “are active” to deal with eventual emergencies derived from the earthquake.

After the 6.0 magnitude earthquake, the Ministry of the Environmentindicated that it has recorded at least six aftershocks with epicenter in the same area as the first event.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 shook El Salvador

After the earthquake of 6, 0 degrees, the Ministry of the Environment indicated that it has registered at least six aftershocks with an epicenter in the same area as the first event. (REUTERS)

“The strongest aftershock has been with a magnitude of 3.8 degrees, so we call on the population to be vigilant,” said the Minister of the Environment, Fernando López, at a press conference.

López ruled out that there is any tsunami alert for the country's coastal area after the first earthquake.

“Earthquakes do not they can be predicted,” said the minister, who, however, did not rule out the possibility that as a result of the 6.0-degree tremor “local faults could be activated” that eventually cause other earthquakes.

In El Salvador, most of the earthquakes that usually occur have their origin in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and at much greater depths, which sometimes makes them imperceptible to the population, while those that originate on land near the surface are more felt and harmful.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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