Vice President Rosario Murillo did not report human or material damage and ruled out that there are aftershocks.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 on the open Richter scale shook the Pacific of Nicaragua this Friday , without causing human losses or material damage , although it did scare the population. The earthquake occurred at 4:19 p.m. local time (22:19 GMT), 51 kilometers off the coast of Jiquilillo, in northwestern Nicaragua , and originated 47 kilometers deep under the bed of the Pacific Ocean, according to a report by the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter).
The earth movement was felt mainly in the Pacific departments of Nicaragua, especially in Chinandega, Managua and León, said Vice President Rosario Murillo. Private sector buildings, including shopping malls, and state centers such as the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua), were evacuated after the earthquake. The also first lady did not report human damage or material damage and ruled out aftershocks of the telluric event in the immediately following minutes.
An image of the epicenter released by Ineter showed that the earthquake occurred near the subduction zone, which is the meeting point of the Coco and Caribe tectonic plates. The friction between the two plates produces thousands of earthquakes every year off the coast of Central America, most of them imperceptible, according to official information.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the open Richter scale, originating in the subduction zone, caused the most catastrophic tsunami in Central American history in 1992, off the coast of Nicaragua, where it left more than a hundred dead and dozens of devastated populations.
The earthquake this afternoon did not activate the tsunami early warning , since it did not reach the minimum magnitude required by specialists, which is 6.0 on the Richter scale . Murillo recommended that the population be “attentive to follow the instructions of the authorities.”
Nicaragua is located on the eastern flank of the most active geological zone in the world, known as “the Pacific ring of fire.”