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Quakes destroy 3 dwellings, damage 10 others in Nicaragua

March 27, 2009

MANAGUA – At least three houses were destroyed and 10 others extensively damaged in the four earthquakes that hit San Juan del Río Coco and other towns in Nicaragua´s northern Madriz province, but no one was injured, emergency management officials said.

All the dwellings destroyed and damaged by the series of earthquakes on Tuesday were located in San Juan del Río Coco, Lt. Col. Oscar Hernández, the emergency management office operations chief, told newswire EFE.

Three teams of emergency workers have been deployed to San Juan de Limay, San Fernando, Condega, Quilali and Jalapa, all towns located near San Juan del Río Coco, Hernández said.

The army is providing air transportation for the teams that will evaluate the damage and assist residents, the official said.

The four earthquakes hit between 11:45 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, with the most powerful a magnitude-5 quake that occurred at a depth of 78 kilometers (48 miles), Hernandez Peralta said.

The temblors were caused by a geological fault in the San Lucas Valley, Hernández said.

The earthquakes occurred 154 kilometers (95 miles) north of Managua, where residents marked the 78th anniversary Tuesday of the March 31, 1931, temblor that destroyed the capital.

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