San Salvador, Dec 28 (EFE) .- At least 70 earthquakes have been registered between the towns of Chirilagua and San Miguel, both located in eastern El Salvador, due to the activation of geological faults, the Ministry of the Environment reported on Monday. Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).
The state source specified that these earthquakes, which for the moment have not caused victims or material damage, have been generated between 17.56 local time (23.56 GMT) on December 23 and 12.05 local time (18.05 GMT) on Monday.
Of the total tremors, 22 have been felt by the population and the largest earthquake occurred at 09:15 local time (15:15 GMT) on December 26, had a magnitude of 4.5, a depth of 6 kilometers and an intensity of between 5 and 6 on the modified Mercalli scale.
MARN pointed out that “due to the characteristics of the signals registered, the origin of this seismic activity is attributed to the activation of geological faults in the area.”
He indicated that, according to the seismic history of the area, this activity could last for several days and even weeks, “without ruling out the occurrence of earthquakes with magnitudes greater than those already recorded.”
He added that such seismic activity will be monitored to inform the population about the evolution of this phenomenon and recommended that he heed the indications issued by the Civil Protection authorities and not pay attention to rumors or unofficial information about this situation.
The last time El Salvador was devastated by earthquakes was in 2001, when two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 6.6 occurred.
The first was registered in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of the country on January 13 and left 944 deaths, while on February 13 of the same year there was one with an epicenter in the department of San Vicente (east).
The latter caused the death of 315 people, left 82 public buildings damaged and 41,302 houses destroyed.
In El Salvador, most of the earthquakes that usually occur have their origin in waters of the Pacific Ocean and much deeper, which sometimes makes them imperceptible to the population, while those that originate on land close to the surface are more meaningful and harmful.
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