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Moderate earthquake strikes El Salvador

However, there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 10:57 IST

A moderate earthquake shuddered through a large part of El Salvador on Thursday night, but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries, authorities said.

The quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, was centered 55 kilometers (35 miles) south of the capital, San Salvador, and happened at 7.43 pm local time (0143 GMT), the United States Geological Survey in Colorado reported.

Salvadoran officials gave the quake a magnitude of 6.2. The temblor was felt in the capital and in several western provinces of the country, but did not affect communications or power, or threaten to create a tsunami, national scientists said. Civil protection officials said they had received no reports of injuries.

First Published: Jan 19, 2007 09:14 IST