Magnitude-7.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of El Salvador; At Least 1 Dead

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A map shows the approximate epicenter of a magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck off the coast of El Salvador on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Credit: USGS)

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador on Monday night, killing at least one person and briefly raising the possibility of a tsunami, officials said.

“The tsunami threat from this earthquake has now mostly passed,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory message issued at 9:35 p.m. PT, about 45 minutes after the temblor hit.

The quake’s depth was measured at 25 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was located 42 miles west-southwest of Jiquilillo and 108 miles southeast of San Salvador.

San Miguel Mayor Will Salgado said on Twitter a that woman was killed in when an electrical utility pole fell on her.

Electricity was restored to 98 percent of customers in the city after a power outage, according to Salgado.

He tweeted photos that showed minor damage at a local hospital, as well as a massive boulder that was blocking a road in neighboring Usulutan.

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