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Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits western Nicaragua

(Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck 29 km west southwest of the Nicaraguan city of Nagarote at a depth of 111 km, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Wednesday.

Managua, Nicaragua March 14, 2018. Government and Sinapred carried out, together with the population, simulated earthquakes in several sectors of the capital. FOTO/LA PRENSA/CARLOS VALLE.

Nicaragua’s disaster prevention agency said on Twitter that no damage was immediately reported, and that the quake had been felt in the cities of Leon and Chinandega as well as the capital, Managua, according to the Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres (Sinapred).

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Many people wrote on social networks that two earthquakes had occurred; nevertheless, the geologist Mayorga explained that the first thing that was perceived was the primary wave, and later, the secondary wave, but both belong to the same event.

Geological events occur suddenly.

The Sinapred announced the second national simulation, which will take place on September 21, in which they always include as one of the risk scenarios with the occurrence of a seismic event.

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