And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
– Luke 21:11
6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Nicaraguan Capital
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Nicaragua on Friday, just a day after a less powerful quake hit the same area, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quake Friday was centered deep underground – about 86 miles down – so damage was expected to be light, USGS geophysicist John Bellinis said. But people in Managua, about 35 miles northwest of the epicenter, and towns that were nearer to the center ran into the streets in panic, The Associated Press reported.
The quake was felt in neighboring Costa Rica and El Salvador, Reuters reported.
Powerful 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes in Mexico; Buildings Shaken, but No Major Damage
A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico Friday morning, shaking buildings across a large swath of the country, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake struck around 9:28 a.m. local time (10:28 a.m. ET), 39 kilometers east of Petatlan, Mexico, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, north of the resort city Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It initially registered as a 7.5-magnitude, but the USGS later revised it down to 7.2.
It was strong enough to shake central and southern Mexico, the Associated Press reported. Shaking was reported for at least 30 seconds in Mexico City, where buildings swayed and people ran out of high-rises, the AP said.
2.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles In Dallas and Irving, Texas
There was a bit of rumbling but no damage reported from what the U.S. Geological Survey said was a 2.5-magnitude earthquake near the I-35E and Loop 12 split.
The quake that hit about 2:45 p.m. Thursday was 5 miles deep, and was the first one in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since Jan. 28, the last in a string of 35 earthquakes since Nov. 1, a USGS official said.
“I don’t recall a quake in this particular area recently,” said Randy Baldwin, a USGS geophysicist. “It had some quakes back in October of 2008, a 3.0-magnitude.”