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M 6.2 in El Salvador on 12 May 2017 10:41 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 6.2 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us10008rtu
  • Location (latitude/longitude): 12.9108, -90.0562
  • Time (UTC): 12 May 2017 10:41:26
  • Time (ECT): 12 May 2017 12:41:26

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1167554 1

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1167554
1 realtime 2017-05-12 11:06:08 No people affected 0
  Earthquake 185415
0.62 realtime 2017-05-12 11:06:08 400 thousand No people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
1 realtime 2017-05-26 09:39:14 No people affected No people affected 0
12 May 2017 10:41 6.2M, 10km 4.06 400 thousand 00:24 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 440000 people
75 km 4400 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in El Salvador , Department of Sonsonate (population 402,117) .

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
Sonsonate El Salvador 400000 people
La Libertad El Salvador 480000 people
Ahuachapan El Salvador 290000 people
Jutiapa Guatemala 420000 people
Santa Rosa Guatemala 330000 people
Santa Ana El Salvador 520000 people
San Salvador El Salvador 1.1 million people
La Paz El Salvador 300000 people
Escuintla Guatemala 570000 people
San Vicente El Salvador 220000 people
Usulutan El Salvador 450000 people
Cuscatlan El Salvador 230000 people
Chalatenango El Salvador 270000 people
Cabanas El Salvador 210000 people
Guatemala Guatemala 2.2 million people
Jalapa Guatemala 230000 people
Chiquimula Guatemala 280000 people
Ocotepeque Honduras 89000 people
Lempira Honduras 210000 people
Sacatepequez Guatemala 200000 people
San Miguel El Salvador 510000 people
Chimaltenango Guatemala 390000 people
Suchitepequez Guatemala 400000 people
El Progreso Guatemala 130000 people
Intibuca Honduras 140000 people
Zacapa Guatemala 190000 people
Morazan El Salvador 240000 people
Solola Guatemala 260000 people
La Union El Salvador 370000 people
Copan Honduras 260000 people
Baja Verapaz Guatemala 190000 people
Retalhuleu Guatemala 250000 people
Quiche Guatemala 560000 people
La Paz Honduras 120000 people
Valle Honduras 140000 people
Alta Verapaz Guatemala 500000 people
Totonicapan Guatemala 350000 people
Quezaltenango Guatemala 620000 people
Izabal Guatemala 330000 people
Chinandega Nicaragua 360000 people
Santa Barbara Honduras 310000 people
Choluteca Honduras 350000 people
San Marcos Guatemala 800000 people
Francisco Morazan Honduras 990000 people
Comayagua Honduras 260000 people
Huehuetenango Guatemala 730000 people
Chiapas Mexico 3.5 million people
Cortes Honduras 790000 people
El Paraiso Honduras 270000 people
Leon Nicaragua 370000 people
Peten Guatemala 220000 people
Yoro Honduras 400000 people
Toledo Belize 16000 people
Madriz Nicaragua 97000 people
Nueva Segovia Nicaragua 130000 people
Esteli Nicaragua 180000 people
Managua Nicaragua 1.1 million people
Atlantida Honduras 400000 people
Olancho Honduras 340000 people
Cayo Belize 34000 people
Carazo Nicaragua 160000 people
Matagalpa Nicaragua 350000 people
Jinotega Nicaragua 190000 people
Masaya Nicaragua 250000 people
Stann Creek Belize 20000 people
Granada Nicaragua 170000 people
Boaco Nicaragua 120000 people
Rivas Nicaragua 160000 people
Chontales Nicaragua 140000 people
Belize Belize 67000 people
Tabasco Mexico 1.6 million people

Affected Populated Places

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Major ports
Name LOCODE Country Distance
Acajutla SVAQJ El Salvador 76 km

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