7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes El Salvador, Nicaragua

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific Coast of Central America on Thursday. No immediate reports of damage at a national level, Emergency services in El Salvador said on Twitter.

Tsunami alert has not been declared as the earthquake struck off in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

The magnitude of the earthquake was about 7.2 initially while the second earthquake was noticed as magnitude of 7.2 that triggers off tremors at El Salvador, Nicaragua area of Central America. 

“Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency due to the quake and Hurricane Otto, which landed on the country’s southeastern coast earlier on Thursday”, US Geological Survey said.

“We were serving lunch to the lawmakers and the earthquake started and we felt that it was very strong,” one of the food seller said. She added, “We were scared.”

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, “Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.”