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06/15/2013

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Nicaragua!

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck earlier today off the Pacific coast of the central American nation of Nicaragua.

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The quake, which was initially reported by the USGS as being magnitude 6.6, was felt as far away as El Salvador, according to a Reuters witness.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning but said there was no need for action.

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Officials indicate to news that the quake started thirty-six miles west of Masachapa. The quake started also forty-two miles west of San Rafael del Sur and fifty miles southwest of Nagarote. USGS tells news that the quake was fifty miles southwest of La Paz Centro and sixty-two miles west of Managua.

So far, there have been no reports of serious damage or injuries.

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In March, a 5.1 magnitude Nicaragua earthquake struck the country. That quake was twenty miles west of Jiquilillo. The quake was thirty-eight miles west of EL Viejo and thirty-nine miles west of Corinto. Officials also told news that the quake was forty-one miles west of Chinandega. Mapping revealed that the quake was north of Leno and Corinto. The quake was west of Choluteca and Octotal and south of Nacaome, USGS indicated to news at the time.

In 1972, an earthquake that struck near Managua killed 5,000 and left nearly 250,000 homeless.

 

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