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A 5.0-magnitude earthquake strikes El Salvador.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a 5.0-magnitude earthquake an hour ago in Ahuachapan, 24 km west of Sonsonate, El Salvador at a depth of 110km.

Since the earthquake has just occurred, the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed again later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

It is believed that the earthquake did not cause any significant damage, but it was felt by a lot of people living close to the epicenter. Sources reveal that the earthquake was felt as a weak shaking in the towns or cities of Guaymango (pop. 1,500) located 10 km from the epicenter, Ahuachapan (pop. 34,100) 17 km away, Sonsonate (pop. 59,500) 24 km away, Sonzacate (pop. 15,400) 24 km away, Acajutla (pop. 22,800) 25 km away, Izalco (pop. 19,200) 28 km away, and Chalchuapa (pop. 32,300) 35 km away.

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