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.