5.5 magnitude quake hits west Nicaragua, killing at least 1

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) " A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit western Nicaragua near the capital Wednesday, causing at least one death, injuring five people and destroying some homes, authorities said.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said a 78-year-old woman in the town of Nagarote apparently died from fright of the temblor.

Five people were injured and at least six homes collapsed in La Paz Centro, the township closest to the epicenter, said Marcio Ocon, the Red Cross director in the region. Electrical power was knocked out in La Paz Centro.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially gave the magnitude as 5.1 and said the quake occurred at 10:49 a.m. It later revised the magnitude upward to 5.5. The quake was centered about 28 miles (46 kilometers) northwest of Nicaragua's capital, Managua. It occurred at a depth of about 4 miles (7 kilometers).

Murillo said the country is well-prepared to handle quakes and there had been no panic, but added that "there is nervousness because that is inevitable in these cases." She said there had been a dozen aftershocks.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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