10 Earthquakes in 30 minutes

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Ten Earthquakes Rock El Salvador in Half-Hour The Associated Press Published: May 8, 2001

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - At least 10 moderate earthquakes shook El Salvador in a half-hour on Tuesday, causing lawmakers to flee the Congress building and generating panic among residents, but causing no damage or injuries. The Center for Geotechnical Investigations said the quakes, ranging from magnitude 3 to 4.8, started about 12 p.m. and were centered in the province of San Vicente, which was hit by a 6.6-magnitude temblor on Feb. 13.

At least 1,246 people were killed and 8,000 injured by that quake and another 7.6-magnitude quake on Jan. 13.

Tuesday's quakes were felt throughout the country and in neighboring Honduras. In the capital, San Salvador, Congress suspended its session and evacuated. Workers fled their office buildings.

The country has been rattled by more than 7,000 tremors of varying magnitudes since the deadly January and February quakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., detected two of Tuesday's quakes, one of magnitude 5.3 at 12:02 p.m. and another of magnitude 5 about 13 minutes later.

AP-ES-05-08-01 1919EDT

-- Tom Flook (tflook@earthlink.net), May 08, 2001

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