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