March 8, 2021

An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 with epicenter in the Pacific shakes El Salvador

An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 on the open Richter scale, with an epicenter on the Pacific coast, shook El Salvador on Tuesday, without reports of casualties or material damage, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources reported. (MARN)

The quake was recorded at 21.05 local time (03.05 GMT on Wednesday), had a focal depth of 52 kilometers and its epicenter was recorded off the coast of the department of La Libertad 38 kilometers south of El Sunzal beach, indicated the source.

The General Directorate of Civil Protection indicated, through its social networks, that the earthquake was sensitive at the national level, that material damage was ruled out and did not generate a tsunami threat alert.

The last 10 earthquakes registered by the National Service for Territorial Studies (SNET) range between magnitudes of 4.9 and 3 on the Richter scale, with none leaving victims or infrastructure damage.

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, another occurred, 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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