- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Central American nation of Nicaragua was hit by an earthquake Thursday night that was about as strong as one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the earthquake was centered near the country’s Pacific coast about 75 miles northwest of Managua, the country’s capital and largest city. The U.S. Geological Service reported a magnitude of 6.4.

The earthquake occurred around 11:25 p.m. EDT, with the local time being two hours earlier.

The earthquake occurred near the border with Honduras in an active volcanic zone, where the Cocos and Caribbean plates are colliding, with the former being submerged under the latter. It was also felt in neighboring El Salvador.

Rosario Murillo, the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, told the Nicaraguan news portal El Pueblo Presidente that aftershocks were likely and warned that people should take precautions.

At least five aftershocks have been reported, according to El Pueblo Presidente.

A 1972 earthquake of just 6.2 magnitude, albeit less than 20 miles from Managua, killed more than 6,000 people and left a quarter-million people homeless.



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