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Magnitude 7.0 offshore quake hits El Salvador

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has occurred off El Salvador's Pacific coast

Published: November 25, 2016 4:00 AM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rattled El Salvador's Pacific coast Thursday, but the country's civil defense agency said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Lina Pohl, the country's environment minister, said there was a tsunami alert, with the possibility of waves 6 fee high along the coast. But authorities later lifted the alert.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 12:43 p.m. quake was about 92 miles south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.

El Triunfo is located about 50 miles southeast of San Salvador, the capital, where the quake was felt strongly.

Nicaragua, meanwhile, was already under alert after Hurricane Otto made landfall on the country's Caribbean coast.

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