Buildings in El Salvador could be seen to move as the natural phenomenon hit the small, densely populated country. Witnesses have also reported feeling the impact of the quake in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 5.7-magnitude tremor off Nicaragua.
The USGS said the quake struck some 39 kilometers (24.2 miles) west-southwest of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua, at a depth of 71 kilometers.
Jorge Melendez, director of civil protection in El Salvador said there were only scattered reports of minor damage.
The epicenter was near to where the land borders of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are at their closest point, and some buildings in Honduras were also evacuated, authorities said.
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