Erdbeben in San Salvador 1986, El Salvador

Earthquakes in El Salvador

In El Salvador there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

Since 1950 more than 3500 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in El Salvador since 1950

The strongest earthquake in El Salvador happened on 01/13/2001 in the region Damage & Injuries In Every Dept. with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 32 km resulted in 844 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
04/10/2017San Salvador,soyapango58 km4.81
10/14/2014Gulf Of Fonseca46 km7.31
11/24/2011El Salvador-Guatemala15 km5.10
05/08/2001Conchagua16 km5.71
02/13/2001San Juan Tepezontes-San Vicente-Cojutep5 km6.6315
01/13/2001Damage & Injuries In Every Dept.32 km7.7844
10/10/1986San Salvador24 km5.41100
06/19/1982San Salvador; Guatemala58 km6.243
05/03/1965San Marcos35 km6.0125
05/06/1951Jucuapa 6.51100

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. . doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).