International Disaster and Emergency Monitoring Center

Preliminary earthquake data and analysis

Earthquake Report
Base data
Event ID 452505
Event time 2021-05-12 06:17:11 (UTC)
Local time 2021-05-12 12:17:11 - [It was afternoon in the affected area.]
Last update 2021-05-12 06:29:00 (UTC)
Magnitude 5.1
Depth 60 km
Class Moderate
Hypocenter Shallow depth
Mercalli scale 5
Possible effects Almost everyone feels movement. Sleeping people are awakened. Doors swing open or close. Dishes are broken. Pictures on the wall move. Small objects move or are turned over. Trees might shake. Liquids might spill out of open containers.
Data status
Data provider EMSC

Continent Central-America
Country El Salvador
Administration area
Nearest settlement Barra de Santiago
Distance 32 km
Course SSW
Surface type underwater quake
Tsunami region North Pacific
Water surface name North Pacific Ocean

Risk Analisys
Nearest nuclear power plants
There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.
Nearest marine ports
Acajutla Offshore Terminal (31.97 km), Acajutla (35.00 km), Puerto Quetzal (92.78 km)
Nearest airports
San José Airport (97.18 km), Ilopango International Airport (111.45 km), Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (114.05 km), La Aurora Airport (136.97 km)
Nearest volcanoes
Apaneca Range volcano (63.00 km), Izalco volcano (67.58 km), Moyuta volcano (67.84 km), Santa Ana volcano (70.77 km), Coatepeque Caldera volcano (78.52 km), Ixhuatan volcano (84.56 km), Singuil, Cerro volcano (87.45 km), Tecuamburro volcano (87.90 km), Chingo volcano (87.99 km), San Salvador volcano (94.86 km), Pueblo Nuevo Vi?as volcano (96.55 km), Piedra Grande volcano (97.46 km), Flores volcano (99.56 km), Jumaytepeque volcano (103.77 km), Santiago, Cerro volcano (104.45 km), Tablas, Cerro las volcano (105.38 km), Cuilapa-Barbarena volcano (105.92 km), Redondo, Cerro volcano (108.31 km), Ayarza volcano (111.20 km), Cinotepeque, Cerro volcano (114.37 km), Tahual volcano (114.57 km), Suchitan volcano (114.64 km), Masahuat Volcanic Field volcano (115.76 km), San Diego volcano (116.45 km), Ilopango volcano (117.65 km), Pacaya volcano (119.38 km), Guazapa volcano (119.55 km), Ixtepeque volcano (120.49 km), Limones Volcanic Field, Los volcano (126.94 km), Guistepeque Volcanic Field volcano (132.74 km), Agua volcano (134.79 km), Ipala volcano (135.91 km), Alutate, Cerro volcano (136.49 km), San Vicente volcano (139.00 km), Jumay Volcanic Field volcano (142.22 km), Fuego volcano (143.58 km), Barahona volcano (144.96 km), Acatenango volcano (145.88 km), Quezaltepeque volcano (146.36 km), Apastepeque Field volcano (148.63 km)
Quick Analysis
According to the epicenter of the quake, this is an underwater quake. Based on the hypocenter, an underwater landslide is conceivable and could trigger a tsunami. Based on the data received, using the depth of the hypocenter, a potential tsunami will reach the nearest (Barra de Santiago, , El Salvador) settlement within 00:12. (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ESTIMATE ONLY!)