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BREAKING: Major earthquake brings tsunami threat to Central America

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake shook parts of Central America early Thursday afternoon, bringing the threat of a tsunami to the west coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.

The epicenter of the quake hit 154 kilometers (96 miles) south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador, according to the USGS. It was also a shallow quake with a depth of 33 km (20 miles).

Shaking was felt across the entire region, including Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, and San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

The tremor was strong enough to trigger tsunami warnings for coastal areas near the epicenter.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, tsunami waves may occur within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicenter of the earthquake.

People along the coast should take action to stay safe if a tsunami does hit.

This earthquake hit shortly after Hurricane Otto made landfall on the eastern shores of Nicaragua.

This is a breaking situation. Check back with AccuWeather for more information.