April 10, 2014 / 11:47 PM / 3 years ago

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes near Managua in Nicaragua -USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck near the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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

A magnitude 6.4 quake is capable of causing severe damage.

The quake was initially reported as having a 6.2 magnitude.

Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney

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