Nicaraguan Pacific Hit By Three Consecutive Earthquakes

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    Three earthquakes of magnitude 4.2, 3.5 and 3.5 degrees on the Richter scale, rocked the Pacific coast of Nicaragua without causing casualties or damage, officials said.

    The first quake, of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, occurred at 12.02 local time and its epicenter was located southwest of Managua, in the Pacific Ocean of Nicaragua, said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies in a statement.

    The agency explained that the second quake, of magnitude 3.5, occurred at 12.33 local time and its epicenter was located in the same sector, southwest of Managua.

    The third earthquake, also of 3.5 degrees on the Richter scale, occurred at 13.40 local time and its epicenter was located southwest of Managua also in the Pacific.

    The three earthquakes occurred near Colorado beach, municipality of Tola, Rivas Province, which hosts the world championship final Masters surf, where they have not reported any incidence. Colorado beach is where the World Masters Surfing Championship are currently being held.

    A seismologist, Jeanine Zamora, said that the earthquakes had their epicenter in the Pacific ocean, and not been felt by the population.

    Zamora said the first quake occurred at a depth of 17.5 kilometers, the second and the third 66 kilometers to 15 kilometers, and explained that the three tremors were caused by the collision between the Cocos and Caribbean plates.

    The authorities have reported no casualties or damage resulting from earthquakes.

    Originally reported by EFE

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
    San Jose Costa Rica
    Category: Latin America News

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