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    El Salvador's President Warns Citizens of Potential Tsunami, Urges to Leave Coastal Areas

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) -  The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on Monday urged the country's population to leave coastal areas and move to higher ground over a threat of tsunami.

    "The entire population of the coastal zones needs to move to higher ground. The US Department of Defence has discovered a possible tsunami", Bukele wrote on Twitter.

    Earlier in the day, the US Embassy in El Salvador said that a US military aircraft spotted a potential tsunami 600 kilometers (370 miles) off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua, and urged its personnel to leave the dangerous areas.

    In May, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake occured near the coast of El Salvador at a depth of 65 kilometres.

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