El Salvador registers new seismic swarm in the Gulf of Fonseca

The environmental authorities of El Salvador reported today that the activation of geological faults in the waters of the Gulf of Fonseca generated a seismic swarm since dawn on Thursday, the second in less than a month.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) detailed that between 1:33 local time (07:33 GMT) on Thursday and 07:30 local time (13:00 GMT) this Friday 49 microsances were recorded with magnitudes between 1.7 and 2.3 on the Richter scale.

“The recorded earthquakes are of small magnitude, imperceptible by the population and difficult to locate because they are only recorded in the nearest seismic station,” said the state source.

He added that, “due to the characteristics of the signals recorded, the origin of this seismic activity is attributed to the activation of geological faults in the area,” as happened between May 19 and 24, when a swarm left 65 earthquakes.

The MARN said that ” we will monitor this seismic activity to inform the population about the evolution of this phenomenon” and recommended “to comply with the indications issued by the Civil Protection authorities and not pay attention to rumors or unofficial information.”

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