6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua

A robust earthquake spoiled dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and specialists said that at least 23 persons were injured by dipping ceilings, beams and walls in one town.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake make happen panicked Nicaraguans to run into the streets and visitors to local radio stations protested that electricity and water services had been disturbed in their areas.

Seemingly unbreakable hit was the town of Nagarote, along with the the public around it, where in excess of 100 houses were damaged, said Guillermo Gonzalez, director of the disaster prevention agency. Nagarote is located about 30 miles (50 kilometres) northwest of the capital, Managua.

Mr. Gonzalez said that at least 23 people were injured by falling walls, ceilings and other objects. Three of the injured were taken to a Managua hospital.

Mr. Gonzalez said that two houses were damaged in Managua and landslides had blocked two highways south of the capital.

Specialists postponed classes on Friday in the cities of Leon and Managua.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5-27 p.m. local time (23-27 GMT), and was centred about 11 miles (18 kilometres) southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometres).

Nicaraguans stated feeling a strong aftershock minutes later that the USGS said was a 5.1-magnitude quake centred 3 miles (5 kilometres) west of Ciudad Sandino.


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