Articles tagged "el salvador"

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M5.9 earthquake hits near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador at 08:45 UTC on May 12, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 46 km (28 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). The epicenter was...

May 12, 2021

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More than 40 dead or missing after landslide hits San Salvador volcano, El Salvador

A large landslide triggered by heavy rains hit the northeastern flank of the San Salvador volcano in El Salvador late October 29 (LT), 2020. The slide hit the village of Los Angelitos on the slopes of the volcano, burying 60 homes and damaging 75. Los Angelitos is...

October 31, 2020

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Multifaceted study dates massive Tierra Blanca Joven eruption to 431 CE

It has been known that a major volcanic eruption shocked the Maya civilization, but the disaster's precise date and nature were unidentified. In a new study, an international team of archaeologists confirmed that the civilization was rocked by the Tierra Blanca...

October 04, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Amanda" hits Guatemala and El Salvador, leaving at least 11 people dead -- very heavy rain falling across Central America

Tropical Storm "Amanda" formed at 09:00 UTC on May 31, 2020, as the first named storm of the 2020 Pacific hurricane season. At the time, the storm was about 90 km (55 miles) south of Guatemala City, Guatemala. Just three hours later, Amanda made landfall...

May 31, 2020

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Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador

Non-stop heavy precipitations have been hitting El Salvador since October 12, 2019, resulting in floods and landslides. Fatalities and damage have also been reported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on October 28, 2019....

October 30, 2019

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Scientists trace source of massive Iron age volcanic eruption that triggered global cooling

Scientists have discovered that Lake Ilopango, the caldera of Ilopango volcanic complex, El Salvador was the source of the strongest volcanic eruption in the last 7 000 years that resulted in global cooling, affecting crops worldwide. According to National...

September 04, 2019

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Strong M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of El Salvador

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit near the coast of El Salvador at 09:03 UTC (03:03 local time) on May 30, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 65.1 km (40.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 91 km (30.8 miles). This earthquake...

May 30, 2019


Detailed stratigraphy of massive Tierra Blanca Joven eruption, one the worst volcanic catastrophes in Central America

The Ilopango caldera is the source of the large volcanic eruption known as 'Tierra Blanca Joven' (TBJ) that occurred between ca. AD270 and AD535. According to new research published recently in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, this event...

May 09, 2019

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Eruption at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

San Miguel volcano in El Salvador, also known as Chaparrastique, continues its eruptive process which started on January 3, 2019, emitting relatively small amounts of gas and ash up to 500 meters (1 640 feet) in height. Between 16:00 local time on January 7 and...

January 09, 2019

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11 dead after flash floods and mudslides hit Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala

Heavy rain produced by two low pressure systems along Central America and the Caribbean affected Central American countries over the weekend, resulting in flash floods and mudslides across western Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the coast of...

October 09, 2018

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Earthquake swarm hits El Salvador, destroying 11 and damaging 200 homes

A swarm of earthquakes hit southern El Salvador on Sunday, May 6, 2018, damaging nearly 200 homes and producing several small landslides. There are no reports of deaths or serious injuries. The first quake measured M4.5 on the Richter scale. It hit at 04:04 UTC and...

May 07, 2018

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake, 9 aftershocks hit El Salvador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of El Salvador's Department of Usulutan at 23:23 UTC on April 2, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 49.9 km (31 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 80 km (50 miles)...

April 03, 2018

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Thousands affected, 5 dead as floods hit Central America

At least 5 people have been killed, several are missing and thousands were affected as two low-pressure centers brought heavy rain to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala over the past couple of days. Some areas received over 300 mm (11.8 inches) within 24...

October 28, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Selma" forms, threatens El Salvador and Guatemala

Tropical Storm "Selma" formed 09:00 UTC on October 27, 2017, off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador as the 18th named storm of the 2017 Pacific hurricane season. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the entire coast of El Salvador. Landfall is...

October 27, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of El Salvador at 10:41 UTC on May 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). 10 minutes later, the same area was hit by a M5.4 at the same depth. The epicenter was...

May 12, 2017

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Sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador authorities are reporting a sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The last major eruptive phase of this volcano started on December 29, 2013, and ended in August 2014 (VEI 2). In a special report...

April 18, 2017

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Powerful earthquake swarm under Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, El Salvador

More than 370 small to moderately strong earthquakes were recorded under San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, since Monday, April 10, 2017. At least one person has been killed and three injured. Authorities said the shaking is attributed to the movement of...

April 11, 2017


Days of heavy rain, floods and deadly landslides across Central America

A slow moving low pressure system coming from the Caribbean Sea started affecting Nicaragua and surrounding countries on October 9th dumping record amounts of heavy rainfall. By October 20th, floods and landslides that followed claimed lives of more than 30 people throu

October 20, 2014


High probability of new eruptive activity at Chaparrastique volcano, El Salvador

In yesterday's special report El Salvador's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) said that the seismic vibration at Chaparrastique volcano (San Miguel) remains at very high levels, 20 times above the n

July 23, 2014


Chikungunya and dengue outbreak reported in El Salvador

El Salvador is now the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak after several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent mon

July 22, 2014


Increased seismic activity at San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

Ash emissions, small explosions and increasing tremor were recorded at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano in El Salvador during July 13/14, 2014. National Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported that the seismic vibration of

July 15, 2014

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Massive earthquake magnitude 7.3 struck offshore El Salvador

Massive M7.3 earthquake struck offshore El Salvador on August 27, 2012 at 04:37:23 UTC. The epicenter was located 118 km (74 miles) S from Usulután, 138 km (86 miles) SSW from San Miguel and 169 km (105 miles) SSE from capital San Salvador (12.279°N,

August 27, 2012