A powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Central America, affecting El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. However, there were no immediate reports of any major damage or casualties.
The earthquake occurred at 6:22 pm (0222 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean, about 66 kilometers (41 miles) south of the coast of El Salvador, and was felt in several neighboring countries.
According to El Salvador’s Ministry of the Environment, there is no tsunami warning for the country, bringing some relief to coastal communities. Salvadoran lawmaker Salvador Chacon reported via Twitter that authorities were assessing the situation in La Libertad, near the capital San Salvador, but had not reported any damage.
Initially, the US Geological Survey (USGS) put the quake’s magnitude at 6.5, but Salvador’s environment ministry later updated it to 6.8 after reviewing the data. Despite the magnitude of the earthquake, there is no immediate danger of a tsunami in the area.
The earthquake’s effects extended well beyond the borders of El Salvador, with tremors reported in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. The Salvadoran military revealed that the earthquake originated from the collision point of the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates. As a result, officials in El Salvador and other Central American countries are closely monitoring various areas for possible damage.
Juan Jose Reyes, early warning coordinator for Honduras’ Permanent Contingencies Commission, said the quake’s effects were felt “all over the country”, with the strongest tremors felt near the Gulf of Fonseca, which is shared by El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Central America is known for its high seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. As such, preparedness and vigilance remain critical to the safety and well-being of area residents.
Local media and Reuters witnesses reported on the earthquake’s widespread impact, highlighting the urgency for governments to coordinate efforts and ensure the safety of their citizens during such natural disasters.
As affected nations assess the situation and work together to deal with any potential aftershocks, the international community stands ready to offer support and solidarity during this challenging time.