International Disaster and Emergency Monitoring Center

Preliminary earthquake data and analysis

Earthquake Report
Base data
Event ID 452596
Event time 2021-05-12 08:45:49 (UTC)
Local time 2021-05-12 14:45:49 - [It was afternoon in the affected area.]
Last update 2021-05-12 09:05:51 (UTC)
Magnitude 6
Depth 63.17 km
Class Strong
Hypocenter Shallow depth
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 confirmed
Data provider AuGOV

Continent Central-America
Country El Salvador
Administration area
Nearest settlement La Playa
Distance 36 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 (39.76 km), Acajutla (42.97 km), Puerto Quetzal (86.43 km)
Nearest airports
San José Airport (90.79 km), Ilopango International Airport (120.00 km), Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (122.75 km), La Aurora Airport (135.07 km)
Nearest volcanoes
Apaneca Range volcano (68.76 km), Moyuta volcano (69.24 km), Izalco volcano (74.84 km), Santa Ana volcano (77.81 km), Ixhuatan volcano (83.76 km), Coatepeque Caldera volcano (85.81 km), Tecuamburro volcano (85.82 km), Chingo volcano (92.97 km), Singuil, Cerro volcano (93.39 km), Pueblo Nuevo Vi?as volcano (93.72 km), Piedra Grande volcano (95.73 km), Flores volcano (101.74 km), San Salvador volcano (103.23 km), Jumaytepeque volcano (103.39 km), Cuilapa-Barbarena volcano (104.40 km), Santiago, Cerro volcano (107.62 km), Ayarza volcano (112.18 km), Tablas, Cerro las volcano (112.32 km), Redondo, Cerro volcano (113.41 km), Pacaya volcano (116.46 km), Tahual volcano (117.29 km), Suchitan volcano (118.30 km), Cinotepeque, Cerro volcano (121.92 km), Masahuat Volcanic Field volcano (122.19 km), San Diego volcano (122.27 km), Ixtepeque volcano (124.74 km), Ilopango volcano (126.26 km), Guazapa volcano (127.67 km), Agua volcano (131.26 km), Limones Volcanic Field, Los volcano (134.63 km), Guistepeque Volcanic Field volcano (136.00 km), Alutate, Cerro volcano (137.25 km), Fuego volcano (139.36 km), Ipala volcano (140.09 km), Barahona volcano (141.49 km), Acatenango volcano (141.77 km), Jumay Volcanic Field volcano (143.97 km), San Vicente volcano (147.70 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 (La Playa, , El Salvador) settlement within 00:13. (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ESTIMATE ONLY!)