US Geological Survey reports strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake off Nicaragua coast
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, which was felt at 11:34 a.m. local time.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centred about 50 kilometres west of the Masachapa, a community located on Nicaragua's Pacific coast.
Nicaragua's seismological institute measured the temblor's strength as 6.6, and it declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake's strength.
Some local reports have said the powerful quake was also felt in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
According to the US Geological survey, the last major earthquake to hit Nicaragua was a 6.6-magnitude southwest of Granada in 2005.
With files from The Associated Press