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Earthquake hits Nicaragua close to Honduras

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 shook the northwestern coast of Nicaragua late Thursday night not far from the Honduran border.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 16 miles northeast of Chinandega, Nicaragua.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The USGS said it had a depth of roughly 6 miles.

The quake was felt strongly in Nicaragua's capital, Managua.

The Reuters news service reports it was also felt strongly as far away as Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.

The newspaper La Prensa reported that the walls of a church had collapsed in Chinandega, the city closest to the epicenter.

The USGS initially reported that the shaker had a magnitude of 6.4 but later downgraded it to a 6.1.

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