M 4.5 in El Salvador on 13 May 2017 22:57 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 4.5M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 12.9381 , -90.0987
Event Date: 13 May 2017 22:57 UTC
Exposed Population: 520000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us10008s95
Inserted at: 13 May 2017 23:24 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 5.5 (Guatemala)
INFORM Coping capacity of the affected contries: Guatemala= 5.5; El Salvador= 4.6


For more info on GDACS alert score click here.
  Earthquake GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us10008s95 Scaled population 0  
  C1 earthquake 1  
  C2 earthquake 0  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1167711 0 13 May 2017 22:57 4.5M, 10km N/A 520 thousand 00:26 NEIC
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

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

Radius Population
100 km 520000 people
75 km 16000 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Sonsonate El Salvador 400000 people
Ahuachapan El Salvador 290000 people
La Libertad El Salvador 480000 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
Chalatenango El Salvador 270000 people
Cuscatlan El Salvador 230000 people
Usulutan El Salvador 450000 people
Guatemala Guatemala 2.2 million people
Cabanas El Salvador 210000 people
Jalapa Guatemala 230000 people
Chiquimula Guatemala 280000 people
Sacatepequez Guatemala 200000 people
Ocotepeque Honduras 89000 people
Lempira Honduras 210000 people
Chimaltenango Guatemala 390000 people
Suchitepequez Guatemala 400000 people
San Miguel El Salvador 510000 people
El Progreso Guatemala 130000 people
Intibuca Honduras 140000 people
Zacapa Guatemala 190000 people
Solola Guatemala 260000 people
Morazan El Salvador 240000 people
Retalhuleu Guatemala 250000 people
Baja Verapaz Guatemala 190000 people
Copan Honduras 260000 people
La Union El Salvador 370000 people
Quiche Guatemala 560000 people
La Paz Honduras 120000 people
Alta Verapaz Guatemala 500000 people
Totonicapan Guatemala 350000 people
Quezaltenango Guatemala 620000 people
Valle Honduras 140000 people
Izabal Guatemala 330000 people
Chinandega Nicaragua 360000 people
Santa Barbara Honduras 310000 people
San Marcos Guatemala 800000 people
Choluteca Honduras 350000 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
Toledo Belize 16000 people
Yoro Honduras 400000 people
Madriz Nicaragua 97000 people
Nueva Segovia Nicaragua 130000 people
Esteli Nicaragua 180000 people
Managua Nicaragua 1.1 million people
Atlantida Honduras 400000 people
Cayo Belize 34000 people
Olancho Honduras 340000 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
Tabasco Mexico 1.6 million people
Belize Belize 67000 people
Orange Walk Belize 33000 people

Critical infrastructure

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


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Acajutla SVAQJ El Salvador 73 km

More information

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