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6.4 earthquake in Nicaragua

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A strong earthquake rocked Nicaragua on Sunday, reported the Economic Times on March 2, 2014.

The earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck off the Pacific north-west coast of Nicaragua at 9:37 a.m. GST near El Viejo, Chinandega, Nicaragua reported the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the earthquake’s epicenter was 14 miles from the city of Jiquilillo and 99 miles from Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua.

Residents in Managua state they were awaken from the shaking.

The city of Managua suffered a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 1972 that struck 3 miles from Managua and destroyed much of the city’s infrastructure. Managua is still rebuilding from the damage caused by that earthquake.

The earthquake struck near the Gulf of Fonseca which borders Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Officials from El Salvador’s office of Civil Protection state that there are no reports of injuries or damages.

At this time, there have been no official reports from Nicaraguan or Honduran officials.