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April 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A third powerful earthquake struck Nicaragua Sunday night, collapsing more homes in the country which has been battered by a string of earthquakes which began late last week.
Nicaraguan officials said Sunday night’s quake, which struck around 11 p.m., measured 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale.
First Lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said there were initial reports of two houses in Managua collapsing and five others in Ciudad Sandino, just outside Managua, according to a report from Reuters.
The quake struck at a depth of just 14 km, which caused the earthquake to have a stronger impact, Nicaraguan authorities said.
The quake was preceded by a 4.4-magnitude quake at 10:12 p.m. with an epicenter just 6 km deep at the Apoyeque Volcano that leveled 21 homes and knocked down power lines, according to a report by The Nicaragua Dispatch.
The Nicaraguan government is warning that the recent seismic activity may have reawakened the Momotombo Volcano, which has not erupted since 1905.
The government also warned that the activity might have reactivated the old “Estadio Nacional” fault line, which caused the disastrous 1972 earthquake which leveled the capital city of Managua, according to the report.
Nicaragua has been battered by a string of earthquakes since last Thursday, when a 6.2-magnitude quake destroyed 17 homes, damaged at least 1,000 more, and left at least 33 injured.
That quake was followed by an even stronger 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Friday, which struck near Rivas. The quake was felt in many areas of Costa Rica, and even caused minor damage to Costa Rica’s Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (National Engineering University).