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Significant 5.9 quake hits near Champerico, Municipio de Champerico, Departamento de Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 16:30
16:30 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.9 quake 15 Jan 10:10 am (GMT -6)
5.9 quake 15 Jan 10:10 am (GMT -6)
A shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake was reported in the morning near Champerico, Municipio de Champerico, Departamento de Retalhuleu, Guatemala.
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), the quake hit on Friday 15 January 2021 at 10:10 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 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 identified a second report from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.5.
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.
In Champerico (pop. 7,800) located 56 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 15 Jan 2021 10:10 am (GMT -6) local time (15 Jan 2021 16:10 GMT)
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.83°N / 92.12°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Primary data source: INETER

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