One dead after 7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes El Salvador

One dead after 7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes El Salvador
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One person is dead after a 7.3 earthquake hit late Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua.

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The quake was felt across Central America; it struck 42 miles west-southwest of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua, and 108 miles southeast of San Salvador, at a depth of roughly 25 miles, Reuters reports. The mayor of San Miguel in El Salvador wrote on Twitter that a man was killed when an electrical pole fell on him, and there was some damage to homes reported in the department of Usulutan.

In Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama, emergency services officials said there were no preliminary reports of injuries or major damage. Rosario Murillo, spokeswoman for the Nicaraguan president, did ask residents of coastal areas to move to higher land in case of a tsunami.

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