Nicaragua Earthquake Leaves One Dead!

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Nicaragua killed one person, left 33 injured and damaged more than 800 homes, the government said on Friday. cameraman walks in front of a home that was damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, late Thursday, April 10, 2014. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said some people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls

MANAGUA: A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Nicaragua killed one person, left 33 injured and damaged more than 800 homes, the government said on Friday.

President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency after Thursday's quake, centered in the Pacific coast region of the Central American nation.

He said it caused significant damage and triggered panic among the population.

The fatality was a 37-year-old woman who died of a heart attack, said officials at Carlos Roberto Huembes Hospital in Managua.

Three of the injured were in serious condition.

"There are thousands of families that lost their homes or saw them seriously damaged," he said.

The quake happened at 2327 GMT and its epicenter was some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the capital at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) said the US Geological Survey.

The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies put the magnitude at 6.2.

The president ordered classes suspended for Friday, and added there were more than 400 aftershocks.

People ran out of their homes in panic, he said. Managua was left without power for a few hours.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador, Honduras and the north of Costa Rica.

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

At least 23 people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls in the town of Nagarote, 31 miles northwest of the capital of Managua, said Guillermo Gonzalez, director of the disaster prevention agency.

Gonzalez said that three of the injured were in "delicate condition." He gave no other details.

More than 100 houses were damaged in Nagarote and nearby communities and another 2 houses were damaged in Managua, he said.

Landslides were blocking two highways south of Managua, he added.

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

Nicaraguans reported feeling a strong aftershock minutes later that the USGS said was a 5.1-magnitude quake centered 3 miles west of Ciudad Sandino.
Panicked people 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.
Authorities suspended classes on Friday in the cities of Leon and Managua.
.The streets of Nicaragua were filled with panic-stricken citizens as a 6.1-magnitute earthquake hit the country on Thursday. The earthquake damaged homes and brought the power down on a few areas that were affected.

The earthquake struck at about 5:27 pm at a depth of six miles based on the US Geological Survey. Witnesses also reported aftershocks that came after the strong quake.

According to the Director of the Disaster Prevention Agency, Guillermo Gonzalez, at least 23 people were injured in the town of Nagarote, due to the falling walls, beams, and ceilings. Over 100 houses were said to have been damaged. Of those who were injured, three are said to be in critical condition. Nagarote was said to be the town that was hit the hardest, according to official reports.

Enrique Beteta, a health official, has released a statement regarding three of the injuries, which he called non-life threatening. One person had a trauma to his leg, and another injured his ankle. The third report was of a 16-year-old boy who sustained trauma on his lower back after a wall fell on him.

In the capital city of Nicaragua, Managua, there were no major damages. Nicaraguan spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, said in a radio interview that “there are no injuries, no loss of life so far, nor even any significant material losses.” She also added that the government is still responding to reports of damaged homes. Guillermo said that the earthquake did, however, cause landslides that blocked two of the highways located at the south of the capital.

Citizens from different parts of Nicaragua called in to Radio Ya, a popular radio station, to report the earthquake, and loss of potable water and electricity in their area. Authorities also announced the suspension of classes in the cities of Managua and Leon.

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