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No tsunami warnings after strong quakes off Nicaragua, Chile

By Star-Advertiser & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:00 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2014

Two strong earthquakes — one off the coast of Nicaragua, the second off northern Chile — struck Thursday, but did not trigger any Pacific-wide tsunami alerts.

A 6.1-magnitude quake hit at 5:27 p.m. near the epicenter (1:27 p.m. Hawaii time) about 31 miles north-northwest of Managua, Nicaragua, at an estimated depth of 8 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

At about 2 p.m. Hawaii time, a 6.0-magnitude temblor struck 52 miles southwest of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 10.9 miles, the USGS said. On April 1, an 8.2-magnitude quake struck the same region, killing six people and generating a small tsunami that forced evacuations along Chile's Pacific coast.

In Nicaragua, panicked residents ran into the streets after Tuesday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Central American country, the Associated Press reported.

At least 23 people were slightly injured by falling ceilings 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 28 houses were damaged in communities near Nagarote and another 89 houses were damaged in Managua. Landslides were blocking a highway south of Managua, he added.

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

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niimi wrote:
I with that the authors of the article understood the math behind the Richter Scale for they would realize that the 6.0 temblor today has a shaking amplitude that is 1/100th that of the magnitude 8 temblor that occurred on April 1. In other words, the quake 10 days ago was 100 times the shaking amplitude of the one that happened today. One Hundred Times! Translation: This was a baby quake by comparison.
on April 10,2014 | 11:43PM
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