Earthquake jolts Nicaragua after election

April 11, 2014

A moderate 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nicaragua and parts of Costa Rica on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. 

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 4:35 p.m., was located about 75 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the capital Managua, the USGS said.

The tremor shook several cities close to the Pacific coast for as long as three minutes, according to Nicaraguan quake monitors. A report from Costa Rican authorities said the quake was felt in Guanacaste and San Carlos near the border all the way down to the Central Valley.

It struck at a depth of 183 kilometers, according to the USGS.

The quake came one day after voters in Central America’s poorest country re-elected President Daniel Ortega to a third term.

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