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Large earthquake shakes Nicaragua

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 shook the north-western coast of Nicaragua Thursday not far from the Honduran border.

The US Geological survey said the quake’s epicentre was 26 kilometres (16 miles) northeast of Chinandega, Nicaragua.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The USGS said it had a depth of 10 kilometres and struck late Thursday night.

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

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

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