Last Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nicaragua earthquake prompts tsunami alert, 1 killed


M 6.5 very strong earthquake shakes Nicaragua today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 50 km W of Masachapa. It was 22.3 miles deep.

Nicaragua's seismological institute had declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.

Earthquake in Nicaragua was followed by about 10 aftershocks measuring between 3.6 and 5.3 in magnitude.

In Honduras the people ran out of their homes after the earthquake happened. one person was slightly injured when a wall collapsed in Chinandega.

According to the president of the national disaster response agency, Mr Guillermo Gonzalez, earthquake killed an 81-year-old man.

The earthquake was generated by the accumulated stress from the heavier Oceanic Pacific plate subducting the North American plate.

17:34 UTC (local time 2013-06-15 11:34 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
50 km (31mi) W of Masachapa, Nicaragua
60 km (37mi) WSW of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua
74 km (46mi) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua
75 km (47mi) SSW of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
90 km (56mi) WSW of Managua, Nicaragua

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Original post: Natural Disasters List June 16, 2013