Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador, USGS says

Hazardous tsunami waves are possible in Central America after a strong magnitude-7 natural disaster struck near El Salvador, the US Pacific Tsunami warning centre says.

El Salvador's government also said it saw the threat of tsunami waves hitting the coast.

People play at La Pazon beach after a tsunami warning was lifted following a 7.0 magnitude undersea quake off the Pacific Coast of Central America, in La Libertad, El Salvador, November 24, 2016.

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The natural disaster had a minimal effect in Costa Rica, where officials said it was felt slightly in the capital, San Jose.

Not long after Hurricane Otto made landfall, the natural disaster rocked the southeastern coast of Nicaragua.

Emergency services in El Salvador said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage at a national level.

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Guatemala, like its neighbors in Central America, regularly experiences earthquakes caused by shifts in the Earth's tectonic plates.

U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 12:43 p.m. (1843 GMT) quake was about 92 miles (149 kilometers) south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.

The tremor comes at the same time as Hurricane Otto, a Category 2 storm, is crossing the region, prompting evacuation orders and hurricane warnings in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that "hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the natural disaster epicenter".


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