Strong (luckily deep) earthquake very close to San Salvador, El Salvador
Last update: July 8, 2013 at 5:18 am by By Armand Vervaeck & James Daniell & Jens Skapski & Carlos Robles–
Update 05:18 UTC : El Rosario (6000 inhabitants) is projected as the city who sustained the most shaking, a moderate shaking
Update 05:14 UTC : USGS expects 176000 people to have experienced a moderate shaking and more than 10 million a light shaking. Because of the depth of the earthquake, we are sure that the shaking will have been felt in a very wide radius (several hundred km)
Update 05:13 UTC : One of the biggest dangers of this earthquake will be “Landslides”. The earthquake was strong enough and lasted long enough to displace huge amounts of ground.
UPDATE: Apart from some objects falling from shelves and some nervous times for the inhabitants, the earthquake as yet has not been reported to cause any major structural damage to housing.
The earthquake was right by the city of San Salvador which experienced major earthquakes in 1986 (1000+ killed) and 2001 (800+ killed).
The preliminary estimations of depth are 96km, and a magnitude of 5.9 however, over the coming minutes these will be revised, thus it is too early to call this non-damaging. It has been felt an intensity V-VI in San Salvador.
The epicenter is to the south east of San Salvador.
15km (9mi) SSW of El Rosario, El Salvador
27km (17mi) SW of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador
29km (18mi) ESE of La Libertad, El Salvador
31km (19mi) S of Santo Tomas, El Salvador
38km (24mi) SSE of San Salvador, El Salvador
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.9
Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-07-07 20:52:45
GMT/UTC Time : 2013-07-08 02:52:45