Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake 99 km southwest of Managua, Nicaragua
Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 12:1112:11 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred early morning on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 5.51 am local time near Masachapa, Nicaragua, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
4.9 quake 26 Nov 5:51 am (GMT -6)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 27 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery identified a second report from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.8.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc. Weak shaking might have been felt in Masachapa (pop. 5,000) located 54 km from the epicenter, San Rafael del Sur (pop. 29,800) 64 km away, Carlos Fonseca Amador (pop. 5,200) 67 km away, Villa El Carmen (pop. 5,200) 67 km away, El Rosario (pop. 3,000) 68 km away, Leon (pop. 144,500) 96 km away, Managua (pop. 973,100) 99 km away, and Masaya (pop. 130,100) 104 km away.
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Date & time: Thu, 26 Nov 11:51 UTC
Depth: 27.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 11.58°N / 86.96°W
Primary data source: EMSC