A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Central America

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Nicaragua and El Salvador issued their own tsunami warnings. Waves as high as three meters are expected to hit the coast. The earthquake struck just as the category 2 Hurricane Otto descended near the southeastern coast of Nicaragua, thousands being evacuated from coastal areas. Winds of around 175 kilometers (110 miles) per hour and heavy rainfalls, threatening to instigate dangerous floods and mudslides occurred. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has declared a state of emergency in the country. Emergency services ordered communities located along the Pacific coast in El Salvador to evacuate the area . There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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