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Aftershocks shake Nicaragua; nation on alert

An excavator demolishes a building damaged during an earthquake in 1972 and declared unsafe after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, in Managua, April 11, 2014. Some six families living in the building were evacuated to a shelter by the government. A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA - Tags: DISASTER)
An excavator demolishes a building damaged during an earthquake in 1972 and declared unsafe after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, in Managua, April 11, 2014. Some six families living in the building were evacuated to a shelter by the government. A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA - Tags: DISASTER)REUTERS

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s president is placing his government on the highest alert level as aftershocks rattle the country following a magnitude-6.1 earthquake.

The government Friday raised the number of injured people from 23 to 200. It also said that a 23-year-old woman had died of an apparent heart attack after the quake.

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President Daniel Ortega said that he was raising the country’s alert level to red, meaning everyone in situations at risk of harm from aftershocks must be evacuated.

In the capital, Managua, 155 people were evacuated due to risk of landslides, and schools were closed in the capital and in the northwestern city of Leon.

The government said roughly 800 homes were damaged in the town of Nagarote and surrounding areas, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of the capital.

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