International Disaster and Emergency Monitoring Center

Preliminary earthquake data and analysis

Earthquake Report
Base data
Event ID 452587
Event time 2021-05-12 08:45:51 (UTC)
Local time 2021-05-12 14:45:51 - [It was afternoon in the affected area.]
Last update 2021-05-12 08:57:00 (UTC)
Magnitude 5.7
Depth 80 km
Class Moderate
Hypocenter Medium deep
Mercalli scale 6
Possible effects Everyone feels movement. People have trouble walking. Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall off walls. Furniture moves. Plaster in walls might crack. Trees and bushes shake. Damage is slight in poorly built buildings. No structural damage.
Data status
Data provider EMSC

Continent Central-America
Country El Salvador
Administration area Sonsonate
Nearest settlement Club Salinitas
Distance 20 km
Course WSW
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 (19.13 km), Acajutla (21.79 km), Puerto Quetzal (101.18 km)
Nearest airports
Ilopango International Airport (97.74 km), Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (101.06 km), San José Airport (105.61 km), La Aurora Airport (137.71 km)
Nearest volcanoes
Apaneca Range volcano (52.75 km), Izalco volcano (55.04 km), Santa Ana volcano (58.50 km), Moyuta volcano (64.49 km), Coatepeque Caldera volcano (65.87 km), Singuil, Cerro volcano (76.59 km), Chingo volcano (78.58 km), San Salvador volcano (81.16 km), Ixhuatan volcano (84.25 km), Tecuamburro volcano (89.54 km), Tablas, Cerro las volcano (93.06 km), Flores volcano (94.29 km), Santiago, Cerro volcano (97.60 km), Piedra Grande volcano (98.37 km), Redondo, Cerro volcano (98.53 km), Pueblo Nuevo Vi?as volcano (99.22 km), Cinotepeque, Cerro volcano (101.32 km), Jumaytepeque volcano (102.44 km), Ilopango volcano (103.99 km), Masahuat Volcanic Field volcano (104.06 km), San Diego volcano (105.56 km), Guazapa volcano (105.97 km), Cuilapa-Barbarena volcano (106.38 km), Suchitan volcano (106.95 km), Ayarza volcano (107.67 km), Tahual volcano (108.30 km), Ixtepeque volcano (111.87 km), Limones Volcanic Field, Los volcano (113.72 km), Pacaya volcano (121.90 km), Guistepeque Volcanic Field volcano (125.49 km), San Vicente volcano (125.55 km), Ipala volcano (127.27 km), Alutate, Cerro volcano (133.03 km), Apastepeque Field volcano (134.99 km), Quezaltepeque volcano (136.48 km), Jumay Volcanic Field volcano (137.21 km), Agua volcano (138.17 km), Fuego volcano (148.02 km), Barahona volcano (148.17 km)
Quick Analysis
According to the epicenter of the quake, this is an underwater quake. Based on the data received, the formation of a tsunami is not conceivable on the basis of the high-depth hypocenter. Underwater landslides, volcanic activity, however, cannot be ruled out.