March 16, 2001

Tremors rattle quake-stricken El Salvador

                  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Three earthquakes rattled quake-stricken
                  El Salvador on Thursday, causing panicked people to flee into the streets. There
                  were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

                  A 3.8-magnitude quake struck at 4:41 p.m. Less than two hours later, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake
                  occurred near the Pacific coast beach of San Marcelino at 6:01 p.m. local time, according to
                  the National Emergency Committee.

                  Fifteen minutes later, a 3.9-magnitude quake hit the capital.

                  Two powerful earthquakes, on January 13 and February 13, killed at least 1,246 people and
                  injured another 8,000. The first quake was magnitude 7.6. The second was 6.6.

                  Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.