Last Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Massive earthquake in El Salvador kills 1


M 7.4 massive earthquake shakes El Salvador today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Update 06:40 UTC

First fatality has been reported from the earthquake.
There are reports of minor to moderate damage in some cities of El Salvador.
- 12 homes have been damaged in La Peña de Alegria.
- Some walls as high as 4 meters fell in San Miguel.
- The National Hospital San Juan de Dios has been damaged.

Update 04:27 UTC

Tsunami threat issued along coasts of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0411 UTC TUE OCT 14 2014

...PTWC TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE...

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
---------------------------------

  * HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE ARE POSSIBLE
    WITHIN 300 KM OF THE EPICENTER ALONG THE COASTS OF

      NICARAGUA... HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR

ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL
--------------------------

  * ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE
    FOR PLACES WITH AN ETA WITHIN THE NEXT SIX HOURS. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    LOCATION         REGION             COORDINATES    ETA(UTC)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    CABO SAN ELENA   COSTA RICA        10.9N  86.0W   0438 10/14
    CORINTO          NICARAGUA         12.5N  87.2W   0447 10/14
    PUERTO SANDINO   NICARAGUA         12.2N  86.8W   0449 10/14
    SIPICATE         GUATEMALA         13.9N  91.2W   0459 10/14
    SAN JUAN DL SUR  NICARAGUA         11.2N  85.9W   0500 10/14
    PUERTO QUEPOS    COSTA RICA         9.4N  84.2W   0502 10/14
    CABO MATAPALO    COSTA RICA         8.4N  83.3W   0506 10/14
    AMAPALA          HONDURAS          13.2N  87.6W   0509 10/14
    ACAJUTLA         EL SALVADOR       13.6N  89.8W   0509 10/14
    COCOS ISLAND     COSTA RICA         5.5N  87.1W   0510 10/14
    PUNTA BURICA     PANAMA             8.0N  82.9W   0513 10/14
    PUERTO MADERO    MEXICO            14.8N  92.5W   0519 10/14
    SALINA CRUZ      MEXICO            16.5N  95.2W   0537 10/14
    ACAPULCO         MEXICO            16.9N  99.9W   0549 10/14
    PUNTA MALA       PANAMA             7.5N  80.0W   0605 10/14
    LAZARO CARDENAS  MEXICO            17.9N 102.2W   0610 10/14
    PUERTO PINA      PANAMA             7.4N  78.0W   0618 10/14
    BAHIA SOLANO     COLOMBIA           6.3N  77.4W   0620 10/14
    MANZANILLO       MEXICO            19.1N 104.3W   0632 10/14
    ESMERELDAS       ECUADOR            1.2N  79.8W   0635 10/14
    BALTRA ISLAND    ECUADOR            0.5S  90.3W   0640 10/14
    TUMACO           COLOMBIA           1.8N  78.9W   0642 10/14
    LA LIBERTAD      ECUADOR            2.2S  81.2W   0657 10/14
    BUENAVENTURA     COLOMBIA           3.8N  77.2W   0700 10/14
    PUERTO VALLARTA  MEXICO            20.6N 105.3W   0709 10/14
    TALARA           PERU               4.6S  81.5W   0718 10/14
    SOCORRO          MEXICO            18.8N 111.0W   0726 10/14
    SAN BLAS         MEXICO            21.5N 105.3W   0729 10/14
    MAZATLAN         MEXICO            23.2N 106.4W   0730 10/14
    CABO SAN LUCAS   MEXICO            22.8N 110.0W   0732 10/14
    BALBOA HEIGHTS   PANAMA             9.0N  79.6W   0827 10/14
    GUAYMAS          MEXICO            27.9N 110.9W   0832 10/14
    PIMENTAL         PERU               6.9S  80.0W   0834 10/14
    PUNTA ABREOJOS   MEXICO            26.7N 113.6W   0837 10/14
    CHIMBOTE         PERU               9.0S  78.8W   0849 10/14
    LA PUNTA         PERU              12.1S  77.2W   0850 10/14
    SAN JUAN         PERU              15.3S  75.2W   0906 10/14
    ENSENADA         MEXICO            31.8N 116.8W   0937 10/14
    MOLLENDO         PERU              17.1S  72.0W   0940 10/14
    ARICA            CHILE             18.5S  70.3W   0956 10/14
    IQUIQUE          CHILE             20.2S  70.1W   0957 10/14

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 64 km (40mi) S of Intipuca, El Salvador. It was 43.8 miles deep.

Following the USGS shaking responses, tremors were also felt in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

No Tsunami threat mentioned at the time of writing this report.

This is a developing story. More to come…

03:51 UTC (local time 2014-10-13, 21:51 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
VII (Very Strong): Intipuca, Monjaras, Puerto Morazan, El Realejo, Santa Cruz and Puerto El Triunfo
V (Moderate): San Salvador and Tegucigalpa
IV (Light): Managua, San Pedro Sula  and Guatemala City

Epicenter Location
64 km (40mi) S of Intipuca, El Salvador
83 km (52mi) SSW of La Union, El Salvador
90 km (56mi) SSE of San Rafael Oriente, El Salvador
90 km (56mi) SE of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
169 km (105mi) SE of San Salvador, El Salvador

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 14, 2014

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