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Nicaragua and Solomon Islands hit by quake – USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck in western Nicaragua and was felt strongly as far away as the capital of neighboring Honduras.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or casualties from the quake, which hit 25 km (16 miles) northeast of the city of El Viejo, in the Chinandega region, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Nicaraguas government said there was some damage to a church near the epicenter, and that it was still checking for any other damage in the area.

The USGS revised down its initial report of the quake’s magnitude as 6.4.

The United States Geological Survey issued a statement of another earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck near the Solomon Islands.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which struck 17 km (11 miles) northwest of Auki, the capital of the province of Malaita, at a depth of 94 km (58 miles). No tsunami warning was issued.

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