Magnitude-6.6 earthquake shakes Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, epicenter located in Nicaragua
A strong earthquake shook Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Friday at 2:28 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake at a magnitude-6.6. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in southwest Nicaragua, near the city of Nandaime.
This is the second large earthquake with an epicenter in Nicaragua to hit in the past 24 hours. A magnitude-6.2 quake struck the country Thursday, killing one person, injuring a few dozen and damaging more than 800 homes, according to the Nicaraguan government. The country has experienced hundreds of aftershocks in the last day.
President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency after Thursday’s earthquake, which had its epicenter 20 miles north of the country’s capital Managua. The fatality was a 37-year-old woman who died of a heart attack, according to Nicaraguan officials.
This story will be updated as it develops.
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