A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit on Saturday off the Pacific coast of the central American nation of Nicaragua, the U.S. geological survey said.
The quake was recorded at 11:34am local time. The USGS reported the quake’s location as about 50 KM west of Masachapa, in Nicaragua. At 11:59am a 4.5 magnitude quake was recorded, this time 45 KM west of Masachapa.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, based in Hawaii, issued a tsunami warning for Nicaragua after the earthquake.
Nicaragua’s first lady and Cabinet Communication coordinator, Rosario Murillo, confirmed the warning, but that it is “an informational alert.”
Reports indicate the tremor was felt in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.