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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Guatemala on Friday, 12 October 2018

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Guatemala on Friday, 12 October 2018
12 Oct 21:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Date & time: Friday, 12 October 2018 21:09 UTC
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.29°N / 91.39°W (Guatemala)
Nearest volcano: Atitlán (39 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
3 km (2 mi) NW of Tiquisate (pop: 18,200)
14 km (9 mi) NW of Nueva Concepción (pop: 11,100)
15 km (9 mi) SW of Río Bravo (pop: 7,600)
90 km (56 mi) SW of Villa Nueva (pop: 406,800)
93 km (58 mi) SW of Mixco (pop: 473,100)
102 km (63 mi) SW of Guatemala City (pop: 994,900)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 12 Oct 21:09 UTCM 5.3 / 10 km GuatemalaGFZ
Fri, 12 Oct 21:09 UTCM 5.6 / 80 km GUATEMALAEMSC
Fri, 12 Oct 21:09 UTCM 5.1 / 62.3 km GuatemalaGeoAu
2018-10-12 15:09:49 -06:00 (12 Oct 21:09:49 UTC)M 5.7 / 63.4 km- 13km E of Nueva Concepcion, GuatemalaUSGS

User reports for this quake (116)

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Solola, guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San Marcos / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
78.9 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Mixco, guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
99.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Antigua (76.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Mixco (97.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was inside a 3 floors building, everyone felt it. Doors were shaking, little excitment but no one moved. (reported through our app)
100.1 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua / Weak shaking (MMI III)
99.7 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Chiquimula / Severe shaking (MMI VIII)
Antigua Guatemala (76.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : My daughter and I were sitting in a restaurant, in the interier garden, in downtown Anitugua. Floors shook and it was a bit unsettling in light of the recent volcano erruption in June.
San Cristóbal Mixco / not felt : I did not feel it I'm in San Cristobal Mixco
Antigua, Guatemala / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Doors rattled and couch slightly shook for about 15 seconds
La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (67.8 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
66.8 km E of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
99.4 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
103.2 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City, just read about it. Did not feel a / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
San Lucas Toliman, Solola / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Antigua / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
100.8 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was in the car stopped in the 4th floor of a parking lot, the rocked as if some one was pushing it hard
Villa nueva / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It wasittle scary as I was in a 8th floor ND if felt more than being down or out in the street
Guatemala City / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was in a car and we just rocked alittle.
Antigua Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santa catarina / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Guatemala City / Weak shaking (MMI III)
90.7 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was resting in a couch indoors when I felt it, saw some hanging lamps moving.
San Juan La Laguna / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
91 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City near airport (99.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : First time to feel a quake. On 10th floor of a hotel. ithe whole building kind of shook and the curtains at my window swayed back and forth. lasted I suppose 3 to five seconds
45.8 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Antigua / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Chimaltenango / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : This was my first earthquake as I'm visiting from UK! Building shook
Antigua / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : My first experience ever! Run op stairs to the roof thought it was the volcano erupting, visible shaking for about 20 seconds
72.4 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Antiguo Cuscatlan (241.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
98.6 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Villa nueva (594.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
antigua guatemala / Severe shaking (MMI VIII)
Antigua / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Antigua / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was in my car and felt a whole lot of shaking going on. It has been a windy day and I think that's what it was.
Santa María Cauque / Light shaking (MMI IV)
99.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City (101.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : bumpy sensation for a few seconds and then a gentily shake.
Guatemala, zona 10 (100.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
99 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Nueva Concepción / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : En el inicio se sintieron pequeños movimientos y luego pudo sentirse un fuerte movimiento.
San Pedro la Laguna / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala city (99.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Antigua Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Sitting in antigua Guatemala in my sister's living room shaking floor and plants not so much in the ceiling area mostly ground vibration no damage did last maybe a minute
panajachel, guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Went on for about 30 seconds.
105.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
115.3 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
guatemala z10 / not felt
247.2 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Malacatan / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard windows shaking and felt movement.
Antigua, Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Jose Pinula / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala City / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
239.7 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
245.1 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Guatemala (97.9 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
97.2 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) (reported through our app)
102.1 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Bastante fuerte, se sintieron 2 sismos con un lapso de tiempo de unos 30 segundos entrebuno y otro. (reported through our app)
San Cristobal, Mixco, Guatemala City / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Guatemala City / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala City zone 15 / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Santa Lucia Milpas Altas / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Guatemala City / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
93.3 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
240.4 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
100.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
San Jose Pinula / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Fraijanes Guatemala (105.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
san pedro / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua, Guatemala / Weak shaking (MMI III) : My first experience in an earthquake. Just enough movement to feel it, some people in the restaurant stood up and began walking out doors.
Calle Marti Zona 2 / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala City (96 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala City / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala city / Weak shaking (MMI III)
villa nueva / Light shaking (MMI IV) : the door was swinging and banging my tv fell
Panajachel / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Villa Nueva, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I work in a factory in Villa Nueva and my desk was shaking. Nothing fell over, but it was shaking.
68.1 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Antigua / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua / Light shaking (MMI IV)
99.9 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : 10th floorPeople got nervous (reported through our app)
Antigua guatemala / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala, san José pinula / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
135.7 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City (95.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Guatemala city / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago Atitlan / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala (95.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Fuerte se movieron objetos, lámparas y se sintió meseta central , se sintio fuerte (reported through our app)
68.8 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Guatemala (98.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Puerto San Jose / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
75.4 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
170.6 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
100.9 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
66.4 km E of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
San Salvador (El Salvador, 224 km E of epicenter) : Se sintió fuerte en San Salvador. Movió el edificio en el que me encuentro. (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 94 km NE of epicenter) : Si lo sentí fuerte en capital Guatemala (reported through EMSC)
Condominio Portal Del Bosque Ii (Guatemala, 92 km NE of epicenter) : Estuvo galán (reported through EMSC)
Elgin Mirador (Guatemala, 91 km NE of epicenter) : Poorly sensible in the city. (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 89 km NE of epicenter) : Shakin one! (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 72 km NE of epicenter) : Como de 5.7 (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 72 km NE of epicenter) : The Fuego Volcano was active early this morning, could be related. (reported through EMSC)
Retalhuleu (Guatemala, 67 km NW of epicenter) : Fuerte en retalhuleu (reported through EMSC)
Residenciales Llanos De Arrazola Iii (Guatemala, 91 km NE of epicenter) : Lo senti fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Colonia Valles De Vista Hermosa (Guatemala, 90 km NE of epicenter) : Estaba en el jardín de mi casa y sentí que se movió la silla. Dentro de ka casa se movieron las lámparas. (reported through EMSC)
Colonia Santa Elisa (Guatemala, 85 km NE of epicenter) : Se sintió fuerte el sismo (reported through EMSC)
Petapa I (Guatemala, 81 km NE of epicenter) : Bastante sensible!! Alertas (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake: Guatemala, 12 Oct 2018 21:09

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