(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.
Familias Nicaragüenses recuerden mantener la calma y seguir las medidas preventivas. pic.twitter.com/9yI4y28Xqf
— Canal 4 Nicaragua (@Canal4Ni) octubre 14, 2014
— SilvioTomas (@DJSilvioTomas) octubre 14, 2014
— Joshua Berman (@tranquilotravel) octubre 14, 2014
Decretan Alerta amarilla en pacifico de #Nicaragua y suspenden clases para este martes en todo el pacifico.
— La Nueva Radio YA (@nuevaya) octubre 14, 2014
El temblor mas largo y fuerte que he sentido en mi vida #nicaragua
— Javier Baez (@JaBaez02) octubre 14, 2014
— ニカラグア (@nicaraguani) octubre 14, 2014