The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has urged the population living in coastal areas to move urgently to higher areas due to the risk of tsunami.
“The entire population that is on our shores, please move to higher ground. The United States Department of Defense has detected a possible tsunami,” Bukele reported on Twitter.
The message cites another tweet from the U.S. Embassy in El Salvado that warns that a US military plane has detected a possible tsunami about 960 kilometers from the border between El Salvador and Nicaragua.
In a later tweet, Bukele himself explains that the alert is issued by the US Department of Defense, which “is not a usual channel, but a pilot saw the tsunami and his career could be El Salvador.” “Those in the area of the coast must move to higher ground. Also take small boats out of the water,” he insisted.
“Our Nicaraguan brothers on the Pacific coast, take the same precaution. They should only climb to higher ground. Better safe than sorry. You cannot recover life,” he added.
At the moment, the usual agency, the United States Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), has not issued any notice. The PTWC depends on the National Meteorological Service, in turn framed in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).