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Strong earthquake reported off Nicaragua coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake was registered off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua around midday Saturday, the U.S. Geological Service said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, which was felt at 11:34 a.m. local time (1734 GMT).

Nicaragua's seismological institute measured the temblor's strength as 6.6 and said it was centered 58 kilometers (36 miles) east of Puerto Sandino on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. The institute declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.

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