BREAKING: Normal seas reported following 7.3-quake

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(updated 11:50 a.m.) —Nicaragua has been placed on “yellow alert” for a tsunami on the Pacific coast following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake at 9:50 p.m. off the coast of Chinandega.

First Lady Rosario Murillo said that the government has activated its system of disaster prevention, but so far there are no reports of “abnormal waves” or high seas on the Pacific coast.

As a preventive measure, school has been canceled all along the Pacific coast for Tuesday.

Murillo said the government is investigating reports of damaged homes in León. There are still no reports of injuries or deaths in Nicaragua.

“The hand of god is protecting Nicaragua,” Murillo said.

The earthquake was initially reported as twin 7.4-magnitude quakes off the coast of El Salvador. The USGS has since refined its measurement, reporting that it was one 7.3-magnitude quake that registered 67 KM off the coast of Jiquilillo, Chinandega.

A tsunami alert is in effect for 24 hours.




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