Strong earthquake at intermediate depth 64 km from San Salvador, El Salvador

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Update : A wall collapsed outside the capital. We could not trace any other damage so far. If you have read or did hear about additional damage, please report.

Update : This is the usual (not so dangerous) subduction earthquake. On the satellite map below one can see very easily that the Pacific Ocean plate is gliding below the North American plate. This happens with extreme strength and sometimes the gliding is blocked. When the strength gets too high the blocking area breaks away, generating the earthquake.

Update : The El Salvador seismological agency reports a Magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of (only) 36 km, numbers which are far much dangerous than the numbers reported by USGS (M5.4 at 64 km). Shallower means more dangerous!

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41km (25mi) SSW of El Rosario, El Salvador
45km (28mi) SSE of La Libertad, El Salvador
48km (30mi) SSW of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador
53km (33mi) SSE of Zaragoza, El Salvador
62km (39mi) S of San Salvador, El Salvador

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-13 04:45:12

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 52 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS El Rosario, El Salvador Dec 13 04:45 5.4 64 MAP
EMSC Offshore El Salvador Dec 13 04:45 5.5 50 MAP
GEOFON El Salvador Dec 13 04:45 5.5 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San Salvador - No damage. Strongest quake we have felt for a while. Thank you for your service!
  • san salvador - no damages
  • San Salvador - Shaky
  • San Salvador - Sin daños, a Dios gracias.
  • San Salvador - I was sitting in bed and felt small shakking at first then harder and leaped out of bed fearing it was going to be much worse!
  • CIUDAD DELGADO - IT WAS A VERY FAST SHAKING, I WASN´T SURE BUT I THINK NO DAMAGE AT LEAST ON MY AREA
  • SAN SALVADOR - Se sintió una fuerte sacudida, salimos a la sala
  • San Salvador - Sin daños pero se escucho ruido en techos, ventanas y vibración en el piso. Perros inquietos antes del sismo.
  • Ciudad de San Salvador - Sin daños. Pero si fuerte movimiento en piso, ruido en techos, ventanas y perros inquietos antes del sismo.
  • San Salvador - Estábamos en una bar con un grupo de amigos, cuando comenzó el creciente movimiento telurico, todos reaccionamos agarrando nuestra cerveza de inmediato, temiendo lo peor. Cuando todo paso, llenos de jubilo, ordenamos otra ronda para celebrar que no perdimos ni una sola gota del vital liquido.
  • Santa Tecla - I was at the Holiday Inn 4th floor of 7. At first I thought maintenance was moving furniture above me then it began shaking and the sound was like banging on all the wall and ceiling. I do not believe there was damage but the hotel set off alarms.
  • Santa Tecla - Nothing damaged, furniture skaking and it was not possible to sit without rocking from side to side
  • Santa Tecla - un peu surprise, première fois que je sens un tremblement si fort, la tête qui tourne un peu.. Mais rien de grave et cela n'a duré que quelques secondes voir une minute au plus

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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    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.
    Environment :
    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.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    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.
    Environment :
    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).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    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.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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