El Salvador's President warns citizens of potential tsunami, urges to leave coastal areas

El Salvador
# 12 November 2019 04:23 (UTC +04:00)

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on Monday urged the country's population to leave coastal areas and move to higher ground over a threat of tsunami, APA reports.

"The entire population of the coastal zones needs to move to higher ground. The US Department of Defence has discovered a possible tsunami", Bukele wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, the US Embassy in El Salvador said that a US military aircraft spotted a potential tsunami 600 kilometers (370 miles) off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua, and urged its personnel to leave the dangerous areas.

In May, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake occured near the coast of El Salvador at a depth of 65 kilometres.