Central America Rocked by a Powerful 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake in the Pacific Ocean

by Lucas Garcia
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On Tuesday, a robust earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude struck the Pacific Ocean near the coast of El Salvador, causing significant tremors across Central America, reaching from Nicaragua to Guatemala. Startled by the seismic activity, residents in several cities hastily poured out into the streets.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 27 miles (43 kilometers) south of Intipuca, El Salvador. It originated at a depth of 43 miles (70 kilometers), beyond the Gulf of Fonseca, where the coastlines of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua converge.

In El Salvador’s capital, citizens rushed out of their homes and workplaces as the ground shook violently. Thankfully, there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. Even when a radio station opened its phone lines to residents nationwide, no victims were reported.

Meanwhile, in the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, lawmakers quickly vacated their desks to exit the building but returned shortly thereafter to resume their session.

The Environment Ministry of El Salvador reassured the public that there was no danger of a tsunami.

In Nicaragua, the earthquake was strongly felt in the capital city and along the entire Pacific coast. Rosario Murillo, the Vice President and First Lady of Nicaragua, confirmed that no immediate casualties were reported in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about earthquake

What was the magnitude of the earthquake that shook Central America?

The earthquake that shook Central America had a magnitude of 6.5.

Where did the earthquake occur?

The earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of El Salvador.

Which countries in Central America were affected by the earthquake?

The earthquake’s impact was felt across Central America, spanning from Nicaragua to Guatemala.

Were there any immediate reports of damage or injuries?

No immediate reports of damage or injuries were received following the earthquake.

Was there a tsunami threat associated with the earthquake?

According to the Environment Ministry of El Salvador, there was no threat of a tsunami resulting from the earthquake.

How did the earthquake affect the capital cities of El Salvador and Nicaragua?

In El Salvador’s capital, residents ran into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. In Nicaragua’s capital, the earthquake was strongly felt, but no immediate casualties were reported.

Did the earthquake disrupt any governmental activities?

Lawmakers in El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly briefly evacuated the building during the earthquake but returned shortly after to resume their session.

More about earthquake

  • U.S. Geological Survey: Link
  • Environment Ministry of El Salvador: Link
  • Nicaragua Vice Presidency: Link

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Samuel Thompson July 19, 2023 - 5:16 am

nicaragua felt it strong! capital and pacific coast. vice president say no victims yet. fingers crossd!

Emily Green July 19, 2023 - 8:24 am

legislative assembly evacuatd! but then they returnd. no tsunami threat, thank goodness!

John Smith July 19, 2023 - 10:38 am

omg! earthquake! people run into streets. no immediate reports of damage or injuris. radio station no victims.

Jane Doe July 19, 2023 - 3:37 pm

earthquake in pacific ocean, powerful 6.5 magnitude! shook central america! no damage or injuries. scary stuff!

Sarah Johnson July 19, 2023 - 11:11 pm

central america earthquak! whoa! no damage or injuries. good news, right?


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