6.5-magnitude earthquake rocks Nicaragua

(posted June 15: 12:00 p.m.)- Nicaraguans across the Pacific coast gripped their chairs this morning as a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the country at approximately 11:35 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS).

Replicas of 4.9 and 5.1 were reported at 11:59 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the government.

The epicenter of the quake was 31 miles West of Masachapa , off Nicaragua’s central Pacific coast, at a depth of only 22 miles, according to the USGS.

So far the government has not reported any serious damage, injury or death, but has alerted the country that it could declare a tsunami alert along the Pacific coast.

(update: 12:27 p.m.)- There are unofficial reports and photos of minor damage to the San Juan Church in León.