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Strong quake off Nicaragua poses no tsunami threat to Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 06:03 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2013


A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Nicaragua Saturday morning, but does not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii, according to officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The magnitude 6.5 temblor hit at 7:34 a.m. Hawaii time at a depth of nearly 22 miles and was centered 31 miles west of Masachapa, Nicaragua, according to the United States Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, which was felt at 11:34 a.m. local time.

Nicaragua's seismological institute measured the temblor's strength as 6.6, and it declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.






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