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Major earthquake hits off El Salvador coast

Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 22:14

Zeenews Bureau

San Salvador: A huge earthquake on Monday struck off the coast of El Salvador followed an hour later by a magnitude-5.4 aftershock.

Authorities said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries after the magnitude-7.3 earthquake.

However, a tsunami warning was put into effect for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico after the quake struck at 10:37 pm on Sunday. The warning was later rescinded.

David Walsh, an oceanographer with the Pacific Tsunami Centre in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, said a minor, 10-centimeter (3.94-inche) tsunami was registered off Acajutla, El Salvador.

The quake was located 86 miles (138 kilometres) south-southwest of San Miguel, the US Geological Survey reported on its web site. The temblor took place at a depth of 32.9 miles (53 kilometres). The second quake registered about an hour later in the same area at a depth of 35.9 miles (57.8 km).

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 21:31
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