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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits near Nicaraguan capital

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck near the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, the US Geological Survey said.

It said the quake, very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) and therefore more powerful, struck at 2327 GMT north of Managua, 14 miles (22.5 km) northeast of the town of Nagarote.

A magnitude 6.4 quake is capable of causing severe damage.