A 6.5 magnitude shallow earthquake struck early Wednesday off the west coast of Nicaragua, the United States Institute for Geological Studies (USGS) said.

This event did not cause any casualties or damage, according to the Nicaraguan authorities.

No threat of tsunami

The earthquake struck 78 km southwest of Jiquilillo, according to the USGS which initially cited a magnitude of 6.7 before revising it down.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (OTWC), located in Hawaii, said that "based on all available data, there is no threat of a tsunami associated with this earthquake."

The Nicaraguan government said it had not received any information about casualties or material damage.

The USGS had previously estimated that there was "a very low possibility of casualties and damage."


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