MEXICO CITY, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook El Salvador on Thursday and the strong quake was also felt across Central America in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
The country's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources said on Twitter that a tsunami alert was initiated but no reports of damages or casualties have been received so far.
In the hour following the quake, five aftershocks were felt in the same area.
The quake was initially reported at 7.2 on the Richter scale but was lowered to 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Service (USGS).
The quake struck at a depth of 33 kilometers, some 154 km south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador, the USGS said.
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Lina Pohl, issued a short video on Twitter, confirming that no reports of damages had been received, asking people to remain calm and keep phone lines clear as much as possible.