Tsunami Alert

March 11, 2011
San Salvador, El Salvador


Following the massive earthquake off the coast of Japan today, El Salvador is under a tsunami alert.

A wave is expected to impact El Salvador around 4:00 pm local time. Hermana Casey Pappas however is currently serving in higher grounds in the city of Sonsonate, El Salvador, 20.2 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the pacific coast.

The alert covers virtually all countries around the Pacific basin including Seaside, Oregon.

As a country, El Salvador is prone to earthquakes and with a low-lying coastline, it's vulnerable to tsunamis.

According to El Salvador's National Earth Studies Service (SNET), the last "micro-tsunami" to be measured in El Salvador was January 13, 2001 and originated from an earthquake off the coast of Australia.

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