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Injuries as strong quake hits Nicaragua

/ 08:17 AM April 11, 2014

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MANAGUA – A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on Thursday close to several cities, including the capital, injuring 14 people and damaging dozens of houses.

The strong quake struck at 5:27 pm (2327 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

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The epicenter was 18 kilometers from Larreynaga and 50 kilometers north of the capital Managua, USGS said.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said 14 people were injured and 89 homes damaged.

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Nagarote, a town on Lake Managua 30 kilometers from the epicenter, was hardest-hit, officials said, while people fled their homes in panic in several towns and cities including in the capital.

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