Panicked Nicaraguans ran into the streets as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Central American country. Some houses were damaged but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Nicaraguans from different parts of the country called the popular radio station Radio Ya to report feeling a strong quake and say they had lost electricity and potable water.
Federal government spokeswoman and first lady Rosario Murillo told Radio Ya there were reports that two homes had partially collapsed in Nagarote, a city 50 kilometres northwest of Managua, where one home also partially fell down.
''The damage (to the homes) is minor,'' Murillo said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5.27pm Thursday local time (11.27am Friday NZ time), and was centred about 18 kilometres southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 10 kilometres. Nicaraguans reported minutes later feeling a strong aftershock.