5.9 Quake Hits Coast of El Salvador, No Immediate Reports of Damages or Injuries

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July 31, 2019World News
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5.9 Quake Hits Coast of El Salvador, No Immediate Reports of Damages or Injuries
An ambulance arrives to the Benjamin Bloom National Children Hospital after an earthquake in San Salvador, El Salvador on July 31, 2019. (Jose Cabezas/Reuters)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—The United States Geological Survey says a 5.9-magnitude earthquake has shaken the coast of El Salvador, drawing terrified residents out of their homes. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele tweeted that “the government and the civil protection system is activated and ready” across the country.

The USGS reported that the quake was felt Tuesday at 11:54 p.m. (local time). The agency said the quake’s epicenter was some 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Puerto La Libertad, at a depth of 45 miles (72.5 kilometers).

Residents in the city of Santa Tecla, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) southeast of the capital, briefly went out on the street because of the force of the quake but the situation quickly returned to normal.

El Salvador’s civil protection authority said on Twitter that no tsunami warning had been issued.

Today’s quake followed up another one that occurred on Monday in the same region at 5:44 p.m. with a 4.5 magnitude.

“Prior to the magnitude-4.5 earthquake, there had been two other earthquakes in the area: magnitude 4.8 and 4.3 quakes on July 10 and 5 respectively,” the Daily Express reported.

Local Report

Xiomara Amanya told Asapland, “It felt really powerful, suddenly the whole house started to move.” He lives in El Salvador’s Department of Usulutan.

El Salvador earthquake
Electrical power company workers check transmission lines after an earthquake in San Salvador, El Salvador on July 31, 2019. (Jose Cabezas/Reuters)

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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