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  • The tremor was revised down from a 6.6 magnitude.

    The tremor was revised down from a 6.6 magnitude.

Published 30 May 2019

The tremor was also felt in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua  and Mexico.

An earthquake measuring 4.7 in magnitude struck off the coast of El Salvador early Thursday and caused panic among residents who feared a possible tsunami.

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According to teleSUR correspondent Ernesto Avalos, the earthquake hit the central coastline of the country near La Paz, off La Libertad, at about  3:00 a.m. and was initially recorded as measuring 6.6 by El Salvador's Ministry of Environment and Resources.

The tremor was revised down and, so far, no variations in sea level are recorded and the authorities continue to monitor wave activities, the ministry tweeted.

FINAL DATA: Earthquake mag. 4.7, off the coast of La Libertad. 39 km south of Playa El Tunco. Prof. 37 km. [2019-05-30, 04:21]

"PTWC confirms there is no tsunami threat to the Island and State of Hawaii," Hawaii-based Pacific  Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reassured.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the earthquake was about 28 kilometers south-southeast of the regional capital, Santa Tecla and was recorded at a depth of 65 kilometers.

Protocols for the evacuation of coastal areas have been activated in the event of a tsunami, by civil protection authority, the Emergency Operations Center confirmed.

The tremor was also felt in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua  and Mexico.

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