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"It felt really powerful, suddenly the whole house started to move," said Xiomara Amaya, 30, who lives in El Salvador's department of Usulutan.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck late on Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.
A major earthquake struck just off the Pacific coast of Central America Monday night, killing one person and prompting fears of a tsunami along the Pacific coast of Central America. Evacuations were ordered for at least two coastal communities in Nicaragua, and authorities in El Salvador were also on high alert for earthquake damage and the potential for a tsunami.
The quake was felt widely across the region, with shaking reported in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and far southeastern Mexico.
El Salvador's civil protection agency confirmed that a man was killed by a falling utility pole in that country, but did not provide any further details. Officials in El Salvador also issued a tsunami alert for its coastline. The country's civil protection agency said there have been no reports of changes in sea level along the coast. However, the earthquake itself caused minor damage to at least 12 homes in the department of Usulutan.
Media outlets in Nicaragua say the Nicaraguan government has activated a tsunami alert for its Pacific coast. Nicaraguan newspaper Hoy said evacuations were initiated in the coastal communities of Corinto and San Juan del Sur. The website said power was out in the town of Chinandega, including its hospital.
The Pacific Typhoon Warning Center initially said there was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat. Minutes later, the agency released a list of estimated tsunami arrival times from Mexico to Chile. Another 26 minutes after that, the agency retracted that list, indicating that the tsunami threat had "mostly passed." However, concerns remain about the damage potential from the quake. USGS's PAGER model says there is an 89 percent probability of one or more fatalities from this earthquake. Reports to the agency's "Did You Feel It?" page indicated
1 homeless person killed in the streets of San Miguel #ElSalvador when electricity post fell on him after 7.3 quake, says Civil Protection
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San Cristóbal remains quite active, continuously expelling copious amounts of gas and smoke. As recent as September 2009, it was reported that ash was falling in nearby towns. In September 2012 it erupted again, spewing ash up to four kilometres (2.5 miles) into the atmosphere, resulting in the evacuation of around 3000 people in the surrounding area. A further eruption took place, starting on the 25th of December 2012 and continuing into 2013, causing the evacuation of hundreds of locals.
CNN) -- A powerful 7.4-magnitude quake shook the Pacific coast of Central America on Tuesday, causing some damage and killing at least one person in El Salvador. The quake was deep (70.5 kilometers or 43 miles) but close to El Salvador's shoreline -- about 64 kilometers from the municipality of Intipuca. El Salvador's Ministry of Weather and Natural Resources initially issued a tsunami warning for the coastal regions, saying the quake was felt throughout the country. It later downgraded it to a tsunami alert. What to know about earthquakes The mayor of San Miguel tweeted some photos that showed light structural damage to the local hospital. Crews responded to at least 12 collapsed homes. Power to the city was knocked out, but has been largely restored. At least one death was reported in San Miguel. A woman was killed when an electrical utility pole fell on her, Mayor Will Salgado said. Measuring the magnitude of earthquakes