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Nicaragua Earthquake
Released: 3/3/1996

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A preliminary magnitude 6.6 earthquake occcurred off the coast of Nicaragua, Sun., Mar. 3, 1996, at 11:37 a.m. EST (10:37 a.m. local time in Nicaragua), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred about 60 miles southwest of the city of Rivas, Nicaragua.

The earthquake was preceded by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the same general area, at 9:55 a.m. EST (8:55 a.m. local time).

The USGS did not receive any early reports of damage or injury. A tsunami warning was not expected to be issued.

Reported to wires - AP, UPI, Reuters - by 1:15 p.m.


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