10/14/2014 12:11 am ET Updated Oct 14, 2014

El Salvador Earthquake 2014: Magnitude-7.4 Temblor Strikes 66 Miles Off The Coast

A powerful earthquake hit late Monday off the Pacific coast of El Salvador, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The temblor was recorded about 66 miles south-southeast of the city of Usulutan with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4

An earlier report from the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said"hazardous tsunami waves" were possible along the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. That report was later amended to note that there was "no longer a tsunami threat."

The USGS also issued a "yellow alert" for possible shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.

Wilfredo Salgado, mayor of the city of San Miguel in El Salvador, said on his Twitter account that a man was killed when an electricity post fell on him. He also posted images of damage in the area:

A dozen homes in Usulutan were slightly damaged by the quake, El Salvador's emergency services said.

In 2001, two powerful earthquakes a month apart killed more than 1,150 people between them, and left hundreds of thousands homeless, Reuters reported.



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