Central American Coast Gets Hit with Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake

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There seems to be a lot of high intensity earthquakes occurring around the world. We just had one off the coast of Japan less than a week ago. Now on Thanksgiving Day, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the coasts of El Salvador and Nicaragua. This has caused tsunami alerts to be given to each of these countries in Central America.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred roughly 95 miles south of El Triunfo, which is a port in El Salvador. Although the epicenter didn’t strike the mainland, the tremors from the quake could be felt in many areas of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

So far, there have been no reports of anyone getting injured from the earthquake or its aftershocks. No damages to any structures or buildings have been reported either. But this doesn’t mean Central Americans are out of the woods yet. Tsunamis could still strike the coasts of these countries in the coming days. There are predictions that waves as high as 6 feet could strike the coast very soon.

A state of emergency has been declared in Nicaragua by President Daniel Ortega because they are already dealing with a Category 2 Hurricane and are now going to have to face the tsunami threat as well. Heavy rains and winds have been reported throughout the country. In Panama, the hurricane has caused three deaths so far.

There has certainly been a lot of intense weather occurring so late in the year. Last month, Hurricane Matthew struck the Caribbean which caused millions of Floridians to go without power for days. Now with all the earthquakes that have occurred in Italy, Japan and Nicaragua, some believe that global warming is responsible for this increase in dangerous weather.

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