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Earthquake rattles Pacific coast

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(posted March 28, 9:30 am/ Updated with damages 1:30 pm) — Nicaragua this morning was rattled by a violent 5.2-magnitude earthquake that was felt in Managua and along much of the Pacific coast.

The quake occurred at 8:36 a.m. local time, 14 kilometers southwest of Masachapa, at a depth of 66 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey. Nicaragua’s Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) is not reporting anything, at the moment.

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The government reports that several walls were cracked in the schoolhouse of Colegio Santa Teresita in District VI of Managua, and a wall collapsed at the Douglas López school in the Barrio Waspam, in Managua. Several schools were evacuated in the capital, but no one was reported injured in the quake.

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