Strong (luckily deep) earthquake very close to San Salvador, El Salvador

Update 05:18 UTC : El Rosario (6000 inhabitants) is projected as the city who sustained the most shaking, a moderate shaking

Update 05:14 UTC : USGS expects 176000 people to have experienced a moderate shaking and more than 10 million a light shaking. Because of the depth of the earthquake, we are sure that the shaking will have been felt in a very wide radius (several hundred km)

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Update 05:13 UTC : One of the biggest dangers of this earthquake will be "Landslides". The earthquake was strong enough and lasted long enough to displace huge amounts of ground.

UPDATEApart from some objects falling from shelves and some nervous times for the inhabitants, the earthquake as yet has not been reported to cause any major structural damage to housing.

The earthquake was right by the city of San Salvador which experienced major earthquakes in 1986 (1000+ killed) and 2001 (800+ killed).

The preliminary estimations of depth are 96km, and a magnitude of 5.9 however, over the coming minutes these will be revised, thus it is too early to call this non-damaging. It has been felt an intensity V-VI in San Salvador.

The epicenter is to the south east of San Salvador.

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15km (9mi) SSW of El Rosario, El Salvador
27km (17mi) SW of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador
29km (18mi) ESE of La Libertad, El Salvador
31km (19mi) S of Santo Tomas, El Salvador
38km (24mi) SSE of San Salvador, El Salvador

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-07-07 20:52:45

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-07-08 02:52:45

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 100 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Offshore El Salvador Jul 08 02:52 5.9 96 MAP I Felt It
  • San Salvador - 10 to 20 seconds, shook our house.
  • San Salvador - It was scary
  • San Salvador - Fue un temblor bastante fuerte con una sacudida particularmente fuerte.
  • antiguo cuscatlan - Two periods of shaking
  • sam jacinto san salvador - Muy fuerte sacuduio todo calles y casas
  • Santa Tecla - 10 secs long
  • san salvador - It was very strong and it lasted a good 30 seconds at least thats what it felt like
  • Canton El Volcan, San Miguel El salvador - I was atop a 3 meter wall and felt moderate shaking, but those walking near by did not feel it.
  • San Salvador - Nothing to compare it to as a British citizen, but it wasn't bad
  • San Salvador - Ceiling fans started to shake followed by loud clashing sounds in the kitchen due to the cooking pots. Headed straight to a door arch. Had a stumble on the way there.
  • San Salvador - about 15 seconds long.
  • San Salvador - That was very hard for me, I think it going to be a dessaster, but not isn´t.
  • San Salvador - Violent shake.
  • San Salvador - Quite prolonged...felt like more than 30 seconds
  • san salvador - Shook the hotel in San Salvador ~ 10 seconds
  • san salvador - mucha vibracion y sonido de la tierra
  • San Salvador - In a 15 story building, pretty spooky building shook for about 30 seconds
  • El Salvador/ San Salvador - Mucha vibracion y sonido de la tierra
  • santa Elena - First time crazy On vacation
  • Santa TEc - strong when start & strong until finish... really scary
  • Playa Sunzal - Wine did not spill
  • El Sunza - Shook (rumbled) for several seconds. One glass fell off the kitchen shelf. Could hear the neighbors responding.
  • Santa Tecla - Pretty strong
  • San Salvador - Strong shakes and knocked a couple things over
  • Santa Tecla - We felt a strong shake, which we believe lasted at least 25 seconds. I am still wondering if a stronger shake might come!!!!,
  • Colonia Escalonia, San Salvador, El Salv - First experience…interesting...
  • San Salvador - Strange sound and feeling, heard a plate fall off the counter and break in the kitchen. Then a slight pause as i jumped out of my seat, then very loud and strong shaking as I stood in the doorway
  • Santa tecla - Been a while since the last time i felt a strong earthquake like this.
  • San Salvador - Fue muy fuerte a pesar de la magnitud demostrada
  • Apopa - Se sintió bastante fuerte
  • Colonia Escalon, San Salvador - 2 parts with a pause in between. Loud noise from the building.
  • Santa Tecla - shook for quite a while, could hear the house rumbling
  • San Salvador - Fuerte y largo
  • san salvadoe - It was very strong.... It reminded me ofa couple of years ago. So scary
  • San Salvador - Had a flashback to the 2001 earthquake. It was pretty strong and long
  • santa ana - New baby...ran to pick him up..what a ride
  • en santo tomas - fue muy fuerte!
  • San Salavdor - quite short but strong
  • Santa Tecla - Lasted a few seconds at most. It gave us a scare, but that was it.
  • San Salvador, Metro Centro - A couple room shifts, but quick.
  • San Salvador - It was long, at one point i left it was going to turn into an earthquake
  • antiguo cuscatlan - We felt two shakes, about ten seconds total... Scary enough to send us running to the garden, just in case... Scary for my kids, since we are here on vacation and they had never felt a tremor before!
  • San salvador - Strong shake
  • Santa elena - Long duration.
  • san salvador, el salvador - se movieron las puertas, el movimiento fue rotativo, duracion 15 a 20 segundos aproximadamente, no muy fuerte, pero lo suficiente para llamar la atencion.
  • lourdes colon - una sacudida lenta al principio pero arrecio mas , fue como uno tras otro se mecia todo el techo por unos segundos se sintio que seguiria mas fuerte pero se calmo y al mismo tiempo soplo una brisa gelida
  • San Salvador - Started slow them more and more intense. Felt longer but probably 10 seconds.
  • Ahuachapan - Pretty strong one. Seemed stronger than 5.9.
  • Santa Ana, El Salvador - Muy fuerte, con sensación que estas en el mar cuando las olas te mueven, todavia siento revuelto mi estómago, Dios nos guarde a todos en El Salvador.
  • San Miguel - It shake my bed pretty strong , I was ready to leave when stop
  • Santa Ana - Fuerte por unos 20 segundos, con sensación de estar sobre olas, aún siento revuelto mi estómago. Dios nos guarde. Amén.
  • Santa Tecla - temblor muy fuerte
  • San Salvador - it was kind of scary because it was up and down, and side to side and front and back so it was not the regular shake we are used to
  • San Salvador - We thought it was going to get worse...Stood outside for a while.
  • Santa Tecla - Fueron unos 15 segundos de un movimiento fuerte, pero sin mayores concecuencias.
  • Ahuachapan - cupboards shaking
  • San Salvador - Staying in hotel, Crowne Plaza San Salvador, room door shook loud enough to wake me at 0710 hours.
  • Santa Tecla - Was sitting in the living room when the whole house started to shake we ran outside and felt it a little but then it stopped
  • GEOFON El Salvador Jul 08 02:52 5.7 80 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore El Salvador Jul 08 02:52 5.9 100 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
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    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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