A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador Sunday night followed by a 5.4 magnitude aftershock an hour later, according to a report by the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Following the quake — which occurred at 10:37 pm about 86 miles south-southwest of San Miguel, El Salvador — a tsunami warning was put into effect for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and Mexico but was cancelled soon after.
According to Reuters, authorities in El Salvador and Guatemala said the temblor had caused no visible damage, and there were no early reports of damage or casualties from elsewhere in the region.
KLFM quotes Alfonso Lara of El Salvador’s Civil Protection agency as saying:
“We are doing a general monitoring of the entire coast through our technicians and representatives.”
In related news, more than 70 small to moderate earthquakes struck southeastern California on Sunday, knocking trailer homes off their foundations and shattering windows in a small farming town east of San Diego.
The largest of Sunday’s series of California quakes registered at a magnitude 5.5 and was centered about three miles northwest of the town of Brawley, according to the USGS. Another quake about an hour and a half earlier registered at magnitude 5.3.
No injuries were reported.
For more detailed information on Sunday’s 7.4 magnitude El Salvador quake, check out the following video by Youtube user Qronos16: