Powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicaragua coast
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 4:19 - A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake was registered off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua around midday Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, which was felt at 11:34 a.m. local time.
The U.S. Geological Survey
said the quake was centred about 50 kilometres west of the Masachapa, a community located on Nicaragua's Pacific coast.
Nicaragua's seismological institute measured the temblor's strength as 6.6, and it declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.
Local reports have indicated that the powerful quake was also felt in Costa Rica and El Salvador, Honduras.
According to the US Geological survey, the last major earthquake to hit Nicaragua was a 6.6-magnitude about 97 km southwest of Granada in 2005.
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With files from The Associated Press