A massive 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocked Central America on Tuesday. It sent shockwaves from Nicaragua to Guatemala. As a result, people in many cities fled into the streets, fearing the worst.
The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed the epicenter. It was 27 miles south of Intipuca, El Salvador, and 43 miles deep. Because this point lies outside the Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua all felt the shake.
El Salvador’s capital residents took to the streets when the ground shook. However, reports of injuries and damages were scarce. One radio station opened its phone lines, but callers reported no victims.
Meanwhile, El Salvador’s lawmakers had to vacate the Legislative Assembly. They returned a short time later to resume their work. The country’s Environment Ministry swiftly announced there was no tsunami threat.
In Nicaragua, however, people felt the quake along the Pacific coast. But again, the nation reported no casualties. Nicaragua Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo confirmed this. As the dust settles, the real impact of the quake is yet to become apparent.