El Salvador earthquake: Tsunami warning after 6.8 magnitude tremor

Thursday, May 30, 2019
By Paul Martin

Coastal areas are reportedly being evacuated after the earthquake struck off the coast, 40 km south of La Libertad, in the early hours of this morning

ByDanya Bazaraa
30 MAY 2019

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit El Salvador with coastal areas being evacuated amid a tsunami threat.

The earthquake struck off the coast, 40 km south of La Libertad, the US Geological Survey said.

Power outages have been reported in parts of the country after the tremor in the early hours of this morning.

Photographs on social media show a motorway completely torn apart with debris strewn everywhere.

Locals have been reporting how “frightening” and “horrible” it has been, with one saying “several things broke in my house.”

People reported feeling it in San Salvador, Santa Tecla, Usulutan, La Libertad, Antiguo Cuscatlan, Soyapango, San Miguel, Zaragoza, Sonsonate, and Lourdes, Solo Noticias reports.

The US National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no warning in place for the coast of the western United States.

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