Nicaragua earthquake: Tremor shakes capital Managua

A light earthquake with an initial magnitude of 4.4 has struck Nicaragua, with strong shaking felt in the capital Managua, seismologists and locals say. There have actually been no instant reports of damage as a result of the terremoto.

The earthquake, which happened just before 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered at Milagro de Dios in Managua. It struck at a depth of about 4 kilometers, making it a really shallow earthquake, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER).

Citizens in the capital and neighboring areas reported feeling the earthquake, prompting numerous individuals to evacuate the buildings they remained in, but there were no immediate indications of damage or casualties.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of Tuesday's earthquake at a somewhat smaller sized 3.8 and estimated its epicenter to be near Tipitapa, or some 12 kilometers northeast of Managua. It also approximated the depth to be substantially much deeper - at 26.7 kilometers.

Nicaragua is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', an arc of fault lines circling around the Pacific Basin that is susceptible to regular and large earthquakes.