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Major earthquake strikes off Central America; no tsunami threat to Hawaii

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A major earthquake struck off the coast of Central America this morning.

A major earthquake that struck off the coast of Central America this morning does not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

El Salvador’s civil defense agency said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Lina Pohl, the country’s environment minister, said there was a tsunami alert, with the possibility of waves 6 feet high along the coast.

Nicaragua, which was also close to the epicenter, also reported a tsunami alert.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 12:43 p.m. (8:43 a.m. Hawaii time) quake was about 92 miles south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.

El Triunfo is located about 50 miles southeast of San Salvador, the capital, where the quake was felt strongly.

Nicaragua, meanwhile, was already under alert after Hurricane Otto made landfall on the country’s Caribbean coast.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

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