November 11, 2019 / 7:18 PM / a month ago

No tsunami detected off El Salvador after warning: U.S. embassy

FILE PHOTO: President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele speaks during a news conference about the homicide drop in the last month in San Salvador, El Salvador November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - No tsunami has been detected off the coast of El Salvador after officials warned that a U.S. military aircraft had spotted a potential tidal wave, sparking evacuation warnings, U.S. and Salvadoran authorities said on Monday.

The U.S. embassy in El Salvador said on Twitter a Defense Department aircraft had seen a “possible tsunami” some 600 miles (965 km) from the border of El Salvador and Nicaragua, sparking some evacuations along the Pacific Coast of Central America.

However, Orlando Tejada, a Salvadoran civil protection official, said there was “absolutely no register” of a tsunami and the U.S. embassy said soon afterwards that no activity which could result in such a phenomenon had been detected.

“But, given the speed with which tsunamis can move, we considered it prudent to share this information promptly,” the U.S. embassy said on Twitter, saying that it and Salvadoran authorities were continuing to monitor the situation.

Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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