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6.1 magnitude quake, aftershocks shake northwest Nicaragua

The quake struck at 9:25 pm, centered 17 kilometers east of Puerto Morazan near the Honduras border.

Published: 10th June 2016 02:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2016 02:45 PM   |  A+A-

By AFP

MANAGUA: A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake and at least four major aftershocks shook northwestern Nicaragua on Thursday night, triggering panic among residents and damaging some homes, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake struck at 9:25 pm (0325 GMT), centered 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) east of Puerto Morazan near the Honduras border at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It was followed by four weaker aftershocks over the course of about an hour, USGS said.

"The quake was felt almost throughout the country," government spokeswoman and First Lady Rosario Murillo said, calling it "unusually strong."

She urged residents to stay calm, warning of the threat of more aftershocks.

As of late Thursday, there had been at least 80 small aftershocks, Murillo said.

Some homes were damaged but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, she said.

The government has activated relief agencies and army civil defense units as a precaution, and suspended classes in the Chinandega and Leon departments in the country's west.

Puerto Morazan is about 125 kilometers northwest of the capital Managua.

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