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