April 22, 2021

An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 in the Pacific shakes El Salvador without victims

An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale with an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean shook the southern area of ​​El Salvador on Saturday, with no victims or material damage reported so far.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) indicated that the quake was recorded at 19.08 local time (01.08 GMT on Sunday) in front of the central department of La Libertad.

Ministry sources said the telluric movement had its epicenter 48 kilometers southeast of La Zunganera beach, with a focal depth of 46 kilometers.

The tremor reached an intensity of 3 on the modified Mercalli scale, so its level of potential damage was "none" and the perception among the population was "weak", according to the standards managed by environmental authorities.

The MARN also recorded an earthquake of magnitude 3.5 on the Richter scale off the coast of the department of Sonsonate (west), more than 84 kilometers deep.

The earthquake, which occurred at 17.40 local time (23.40 GMT) reached an intensity of two on the Mercalli scale.

The last 10 telluric movements registered by the National Service of Territorial Studies (SNET) range between the magnitudes of 4.3 and 2.6, without any leaving victims or damage to infrastructure.

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

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

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

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

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