Magnitude 7.4 offshore quake hits Central America

A rescue worker and a sniffer dog search for victims in the aftermath of a quake in Pojiao village of Jinggu county in southwest China's Yunnan province Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014. A strong, shallow earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing that schools would be closed on Tuesday.

The quake, whose epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean about 169 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of San Salvado, occurred at 9:51 p.m. local time (10:51 EDT; 0251 GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of 70.5 kilometers (43.8 miles).

Along with a smaller offshore quake, it shook the southern coast and interior of the region from Guatemala to Costa Rica, according local reports.

The Red Cross in El Salvador and Costa Rica, the two countries closest to the epicenter, had no reports of victims.

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