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Tsunami alert issued after strong quake off Nicaragua coast

4:10 PM, Jun 15, 2013   |    comments
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - There's word of a strong earthquake off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but Nicaragua's seismological institute has declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.

The Nicaraguan agency measured it at magnitude 6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 6.5.

The U.S. agency says the quake was centered about 31 miles west of the Masachapa, a community located on Nicaragua's Pacific coast.

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