An earthquake occurred on 26 August 2012 at 22:37 local time (Central Standard Time). The earthquake located off the coast of El Salvador measured 7.3 on the moment magnitude scale (Mw) and had a focal depth of 16.0 kilometres (10 mi). No deaths were reported, however more than 40 people were injured when they were caught in a tsunami generated by the earthquake. Waves from the tsunami were unusually large for an earthquake of this size. The large waves were attributed to the earthquake's unique rupture characteristic. In addition to the absence of fatalities, damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami was minimal as a result of the sparse population around the affected region and the slow rupture characteristic of the event.
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