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Nicaragua: 5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Pacific without damage or casualties

An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook the Pacific coast of Nicaragua this Saturday, with no reports of victims or material damage at the moment, although it is causing alarm among the population, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter). Managua.

The tremor occurred at 3:57 pm local time (9:57 pm GMT), and its epicenter was located offshore, 23 kilometers southwest of the port of Corinto, Chinandega department, in the Pacific Ocean, Ineter detailed in a report.

Ineter seismologist, Domingo Ñamendi, specified that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 34 kilometers and explained that it was caused by the collision between the Cocos and Caribbean plates, but did not generate any tsunami warning on the Pacific coast.

In turn, the National Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Attention System (Sinapred) reported that the earthquake was strongly perceived by the inhabitants of the municipalities that belong to the departments (provinces) of Chinandega and León (northwest).

Nicaraguan authorities reported no casualties or material damage as a result of the earthquake, which caused alarm among some residents of the Nicaraguan Pacific, who reported it through their social networks.

The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, stated through official media that this earthquake was felt mainly in the departments of León and Chinandega.

“We are very attentive to the authorities, all of us, taking care of the safety of Nicaraguan families,” said the dignitary, who appealed to Nicaraguans to remain calm and apply, in any case, the knowledge acquired in training.

Nicaragua is located on the eastern flank of the most active geological zone in the world, in the area called the Pacific Ring of Fire, where approximately 85% of global seismic activity is recorded.

Source: Elcomercio

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