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6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nicaragua

Another earthquake has hit a country along the Pacific Rim. This time, in Nicaragua — where a strong, 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Thursday.

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nicaragua
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Another earthquake has hit a country along the Pacific Rim. This time, in Nicaragua — where a strong, 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled cities Thursday.

ABC reports more than a dozen people were injured after the quake shook cities like Managua and Nagarote.

According to Al Jazeera, many of those injuries came from falling walls and ceilings. The tremor was centered six miles underground and caused landslides that blocked at least two major highways.

Although the epicenter was only about 30 miles off the coast, The Inquisitr points out the country did not issue a tsunami warning.

El Nuevo Diario notes there have been at least 300 smaller aftershocks in the hours since the quake hit — At least 500 homes were damaged in the hard-hit town of Nagarote alone.

The earthquake comes a little more than a week after a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Chile, killing six people. (Via CNN)

Thursday's quake struck the same area where an earthquake with a similar magnitude killed at least 5,000 people back in 1972. (Via CBS)

So far, no deaths are reported from Thursday's earthquake. The USGS is warning people to be careful, as aftershocks can potentially last weeks and even months after the initial shaker.