Massive earthquake rattles coast of El Salvador

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has occurred off El Salvador's Pacific coast.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has occurred off El Salvador’s Pacific coast.

The country’s civil defense office said there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries from the quake that hit just before 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was about 95 miles (153 kilometers) south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a threat message, saying tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coast of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said the chance of tsunami aftermath is unlikely.