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El Salvador: Several earthquakes damage dozens of homes May 5-6

Several earthquakes strike southern El Salvador, damaging dozens of homes May 5-6; no immediate reports of casualties

06 May 09:46 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/6/2018, 12:00 AM until 5/9/2018, 11:59 PM (America/El_Salvador). COUNTRY/REGION El Salvador

Event

Several earthquakes struck southern El Salvador late on Saturday, May 5 (local time), and on Sunday, May 6, damaging at least 75 homes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that nine earthquakes struck the area, including the latest, 5.6-magnitude earthquake striking off the coast at 13:02 on Sunday, approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) south-southwest of Intipucá. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an associated tsunami warning, watch, or advisory.

Though no casualties were immediately reported from the earthquakes, one of them reportedly caused a landslide on a highway to Playa El Cuco, a beach frequented by tourists. Aftershocks are possible in southern El Salvador in the coming hours and days, as well as consequent casualties, material damages, and transportation disruptions.

Context

El Salvador is located along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and earthquakes strike the country relatively frequently.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected region are advised to avoid coastal areas and seek high ground, be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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