updated 8/3/2005 9:41:25 AM ET 2005-08-03T13:41:25

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica before dawn Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The earthquake was centered 75 miles southeast of Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, accord to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center.

It hit at 5:03 a.m. local time (12:03 GMT).

Red Cross and government civil defense officials had no immediate reports of injuries or destruction in Managua, where many people slept through the earthquake.

The quake was felt in northern Costa Rica but caused no major damages or injuries there.

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