Quake hits Pacific coast amid hurricane

Quake hits Pacific coast amid hurricane

A 7.0 magnitude quake off El Salvador's Pacific Coast has prompted warnings of tsunami waves from USA monitoring agencies.

Tsunami waves are possible within 300 kilometres of the epicentre, the tsunami warning said. Hurricane Otto made landfall as a unsafe Category 2 hurricane on a sparsely populated stretch of Caribbean coast in Nicaragua today, becoming the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.

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Residents living along the pacific coast of El Salvador have been urged to withdraw up to 1km inland, away from the shore. The initial data on the strength of the quake was later revised down to 7.0-magnitude. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Lina Pohl appealed for calm given the possible aftershocks of the quake.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency due to the quake and Hurricane Otto, which landed on the country's southeastern coast earlier on Thursday, his spokeswoman said.

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The observatory's initial report said the epicenter was 158 kilometers southeast of Puerto El Triunfo on El Salvador's Pacific coast.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning.

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