March 4, 2021

An earthquake of magnitude 3.9 in the Pacific shakes El Salvador without consequences

An earthquake of magnitude 3.9 on the open Richter scale with an epicenter in the waters of the Pacific Ocean shook southern El Salvador on Monday, with no reports of casualties or property damage.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) indicated that the quake was registered at 18.18 local time (00.18 GMT on Tuesday).

The government source indicated that the earthquake had its epicenter 59 kilometers south of El Sunzal beach, in the central department of La Libertad, with a focal depth of 37.12 kilometers.

The tremor reached an intensity of 2 on the Modified Mercalli scale in the aforementioned department, so that its level of potential damage was "none" and the perception among the population was "very weak", according to the standards that environmental authorities handle .

The last 10 telluric movements registered by the National Service of Territorial Studies (SNET) range between the magnitudes of 4 and 3.6 on the Richter scale, without none leaving victims or damage to infrastructure.

The last strong earthquake that caused alarm among the population was recorded on May 16, this reached a magnitude of 5.9 with epicenter off the coast of the department of La Union (east) and generated at least 12 aftershocks.

In El Salvador, most of the earthquakes that occur usually originate in waters of the Pacific Ocean and much deeper, which sometimes makes them imperceptible to the population, while those that originate in land near the surface are more senses and harmful.

The last time El Salvador was ravaged by earthquakes was in the year 2001, when two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 6.6 occurred.

The first was registered in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of the country on January 13 and left 944 dead, while on February 13 of the same year there was another, with epicenter in the department of San Vicente (east).

The latter caused the death of 315 people, left 82 damaged public buildings and 41,302 homes destroyed.

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