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Quakes shake Nicaragua, Costa Rica

June 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM   |   Comments

MASACHAPA, Nicaragua, June 15 (UPI) -- Earthquakes shook Nicaragua and Costa Rica Saturday, seismologists said.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off Nicaragua Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which occurred about 11:35 a.m. local time, was centered about 31 miles west of Masachapa and 56 miles west-southwest of Managua at a depth of 22.3 miles, the USGS said.

The Columbian reported there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake. The National Weather Service West Coast Tsunami Warning Center said the temblor did not pose a tsunami threat to the West Coast of the United States and Canada.

InsideCostaRica.com reported the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica said an earthquake measuring magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale struck near Sardinal de Carillo, Guanacaste at same time as the Nicaragua quake. The quake struck at a depth of 3.1 miles.

The news website said the quake's epicenter was near the popular tourist destination of Playas del Coco on Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast.

The Costa Rican seismology center said there were two more temblors in Costa Rica that each measured 3.4.

No reports of injuries or damage was reported in Costa Rica.

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