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Thu Nov 24, 2016, 05:23 PM

Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes off El Salvador

A MASSIVE earthquake has hit off El Salvador and a tsunami alert covering 300km of Central American coastline has been issued.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, which hit at 12.43pm local time (5.43am AEST) was centred 149km southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, at a depth of 33km.

Puerto El Triunfo is located about 80km southeast of the capital San Salvador.

The tsunami threat has passed

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