El Salvador Earthquake of February 2001

At 14:22:05 UTC, the 6.6 quake struck with the epicentre at 15 miles (30 km) E of San Salvador, El Salvador (13.67N 88.93W) at the depth of 10 km.

At least 315 people were killed, 3,399 injured and extensive damage, other 16,752 homes were damaged and 44,759 destroyed. The most severe damage occurred in the San Juan Tepezontes-San Vicente-Cojutepeque area, though the quake was felt throughout the country and in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras. Landslides occurred in many areas of El Salvador.

One month to the day after an earthquake rocked El Salvador, another temblor struck the country Tuesday, killing at least 173 people and injuring another 1,557. Hundreds of buildings were damaged.

The tallies, supplied by President Francisco Flores, are expected to rise.

The National Emergency Committee, a government agency, also reported landslides in the area and said homes were destroyed by the magnitude-6.1 quake.

The quake flattened much of the heart of San Vicente, 35 miles east of San Salvador, and damaged most of the homes and buildings in four surrounding towns. The quake came after a January 13 earthquake, which left hundreds dead and thousands more injured

On February 13, 2001, exactly one month after the first quake, a second quake struck, hitting areas that had previously escaped heavy damage and compounding damage in areas already hard-hit by the first quake. Since the second quake, the country has experienced hundreds of aftershocks that have continued to take a toll on survivors, in both psychological and material terms.