Aftershock and threat of tsunami after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Nicaragua

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The Nicaraguan government warns the public to continue to remain vigilant after the earthquake.

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale recently erupted in the Pacific Ocean near a fishing village on the west coast of Nicaragua.

Geological authorities have not issued a tsunami warning, but the Nicaraguan government has said there is still a threat in the Central American country.

massive earthquake

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The earthquake initially occurred about 58 kilometers (36 miles) near the Nicaraguan coastal town of Masachapa, located southwest of the capital Managua, on Wednesday April 20, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). , Quoted by ABC News.

The USGS reportedly said the collision between the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates in the Central America region triggered the recent earthquake.

Local and international authorities reported no casualties or damage to infrastructure.

However, Nicaraguan officials have not ruled out potential threats.

Read also : A powerful earthquake hits the coast of El Salvador

Aftershocks and tsunami

Conflicting media reports suggest there was no threat of a tsunami, but Nicaragua’s vice president Rosario Murillo and an official spokesperson told a news conference there was a tsunami warning, but that does not mean that such an event will occur, according to Costa Rica. local media Tico time.

The news agency added that the major earthquake shook the country on Thursday, April 21 and quoted a statement from the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) which occurred near the beaches of the coastal city. with a jolt that lasted several seconds.

Following the earthquake, Vice President Murillo urged all Nicaraguan nationals to remain alert for possible aftershocks or in the event of another earthquake.

Murillo also emphasized exercising measures, such as exit routes from homes and prioritizing vulnerable groups like children and the elderly.

Costa Rica and El Salvador

According to the testimonies of residents, “strong tremors” were felt in the Nicaraguan capital without further details.

The USGS said the tremors were also felt in neighboring Central American countries of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador, cited by Reuters.

There have also been no immediate reports of human casualties or property damage so far in the mentioned areas.

ring of fire

Based on Murillo’s precautions, further aftershocks or earthquakes are still possible because said country is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe or arc-shaped region in the Pacific Ocean where movement of tectonic plates is widespread.

This causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in said underground region, affecting the western parts of the following countries of the Americas including the United States, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador and Peru.

Other countries, such as Tonga, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines and its surrounding regions in Southeast Asia and Oceania are prone to these seismic activities.

Notable earthquakes in Nicaragua

The area near Masachapa was also the site of one of Nicaragua‘s strongest earthquakes in historical records, where a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast in 1992 triggered a tsunami which resulted in extensive damage and a large number of casualties, including at least 100 dead. .

Said earthquake was preceded by a stronger quake with a magnitude of 1972, also called the Managua earthquake, where between 5,000 and 12,000 people were killed in dozens of communities, according to the International Tsunami Information Center of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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