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Panicked Nicaraguans ran into the streets as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Central American country on Thursday, damaging dozens of houses and knocking out power to some areas.

At least 23 people were slightly injured by falling ceilings and walls in the town of Nagarote, 31 miles northwest of the capital of Managua, said Guillermo Gonzalez, director of the disaster prevention agency.

Gonzalez said that 28 houses were damaged in communities near Nagarote and another 89 houses were damaged in Managua, Gonzalez said.

Landslides were blocking a highway south of Managua, he added.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5:27 p.m. local time (23:27 GMT), and was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

Nicaraguans reported feeling a strong aftershock minutes later that the USGS said was a 5.1-magnitude quake centered 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Ciudad Sandino.

Nicaraguans from different parts of the country called the popular radio station Radio Ya to report feeling a strong shaking and say they had lost electricity and potable water.
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