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Tsunami warning in Nicaragua following earthquake as Hurricane Otto bears down

An earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of Central America, prompting a tsunami warning in Nicaragua.
An earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of Central America, prompting a tsunami warning in Nicaragua. USGS

A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region Thursday, prompting a tsunami warning for Nicaragua.

The quake and tsunami warning come while Nicaragua was hit by the dangerous Category 2 Hurricane Otto.

READ MORE: Evacuations ordered in Nicaragua, Costa Rica ahead of Hurricane Otto

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Costa Ricans braces for Hurricane Otto – Nov 22, 2016

The 7.2 magnitude quake struck at a depth of 33 kilometers, some 154 kilometers south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The Pacific tsunami warning center said “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.”

READ MORE: Late-season storm Otto strengthens to hurricane; 3 dead in Panama

Earlier on Thursday, category 2 Hurricane Otto hit land near the southeastern coast of Nicaragua, where thousands had already been evacuated away from vulnerable areas and into shelters.

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