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6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Panicked Nicaraguans ran into the streets as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Central American country on Thursday, damaging some houses and knocking out power to some areas.

Nicaraguans from different parts of the country called the popular radio station Radio Ya to report feeling a strong shaking and say they had lost electricity and potable water.

Federal government spokeswoman and first lady Rosario Murillo told Radio Ya there were reports that six homes collapsed in Nagarote, a city 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Managua, where one home also partially fell down.

Murillo said that 14 people were slightly injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5:27 p.m. local time (23:27 GMT), and was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

Nicaraguans reported minutes later feeling a strong aftershock that the USGS said was a 5.1-magnitude earthquake centered 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Ciudad Sandino.

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6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua