BREAKING UPDATE: MAGNITUDE 6.6 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR GRANADA, NICARAGUA, STRONGLY FELT THROUGHOUT COSTA RICA AT 2:30 PM CENTRAL AMERICA TIME ON FRIDAY APRIL 11TH. CLICK HERE FOR BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE. (The story below relates to a separate earthquake which occurred yesterday on Thursday, April 11th).
April 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Nicaragua’s Pacific coast on Thursday, destroying homes and injuring at least 33 people.
At least 17 homes were completely destroyed and another 1,000 damaged by the earthquake, which struck at 5:27 p.m. Central America time.
Reports indicate damage to dozens of homes in the capital city of Managua as well as Leon. Electrical and water outages were also being reported in Managua. There were also unconfirmed reports of looting and crimes of opportunity in the capital city following the earthquake.
Landslides were blocking two highways south of Managua, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Managua residents said the quake was one of the strongest they have felt in many years, according to the Nicaragua Dispatch.
The quake’s epicenter was about 12 km west of Valle San Francisco and 40 km east-northeast of La Paz Centro, near Lake Managua. The quake struck at a depth of just 10 km.
At least 350 aftershocks followed the main event, with at least six ranging between 3.5 and 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega put the region on red alert and canceled school for today in Managua and Leon.
According to the Nicaragua Dispatch, Ortega said the earthquake was a “sign from God” for Nicaraguans “to protect ourselves and act responsibly” and come together under a government that is “Christian, Socialist and in Solidarity.”