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Earthquake Kills 1, Injures 2 Others in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR – A magnitude-5.1 earthquake rocked El Salvador, causing a landslide that killed one person and injured two others, emergency management officials said on Tuesday.

Central El Salvador registered 380 earthquakes between Sunday night and Tuesday morning due to the shifting of tectonic plates in a geological fault, the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry said Tuesday.

Officials are still assessing the damage from Monday’s earthquake, whose epicenter was at a depth of four kilometers (about 2.5 miles) in Antiguo Cuscatlan, a city on the outskirts of San Salvador, the ministry said.

The faults are located in the San Salvador metro area and 43 of the quakes were strong enough to be felt by residents, the ministry said.

“The seismic activity of the past few hours does not mean that we are expecting an earthquake with a high magnitude, but we have to be prepared, because it could happen,” Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lina Polh said in a statement.

The temblors’ magnitudes have ranged from 1.3 to 5.1, with the strongest quake occurring at 5:52 pm on Monday and having a magnitude of 5.1, the ministry said.

The magnitude-5.1 earthquake caused a landslide that killed Oscar Balmore Labor and injured two of his companions.

Balmore Labor was killed when a huge boulder rolled off a hillside and crushed his automobile on a highway in Colon, a city in the central province of Libertad.

The earthquake damaged structures in the San Salvador metro area, prompting emergency management officials to declare an alert until the level of seismic activity drops.

 

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