Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 42 km south of La Gomera, Guatemala, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 12:35 (GMT)

Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 42 km south of La Gomera, Guatemala, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 12:35 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 59 km depth

19 Dec 12:45 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
Dec 19 12:50: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.8.
Dec 19 12:52: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Date & time: Dec 19, 2019 12:35:35 UTC
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 59.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.71°N / 91.14°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Antipode: 13.71°S / 88.86°E
Nearest volcano: Fuego (89 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
42 km (26 mi) SW of San Jose (Municipio de San José) (pop: 18,700) --> See nearby quakes!
42 km (26 mi) SSW of La Gomera (pop: 24,000) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) SSE of Tiquisate (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) S of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop: 62,100) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) SSW of Escuintla (pop: 103,200) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (56 mi) SSW of Palin (Palín) (pop: 31,300) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) SSW of Ciudad Vieja (pop: 30,200) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SSE of Mazatenango (pop: 44,100) --> See nearby quakes!
117 km (73 mi) SSW of Mixco (pop: 473,100) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) SSW of Guatemala (pop: 994,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.959 kmNear Coast of GuatemalaGFZ
5.930 kmOffshore GuatemalaEMSC
5.843 kmNear Coast of GuatemalaGeoAu
5.931 km52km SSW of La Gomera, GuatemalaUSGS
5.230 kmGuatemalaBMKG

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Antigua (103.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
USA / not felt : I didn't felt it  
Antigua Guatemala (104.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Guatemala city (120.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Panajachel, Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Isabela Island Galapagos, the ocean very calm no t (1631.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez (101.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
El Rodeo Escuintla / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Long slow vibrations. Started off like a large truck was driving down my street.  
Panajachel, Sololá (114.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
San Lucas, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez (101.8 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Ciudad Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antiqua / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Laying in bed, hanging light and tv swayed. I told my pastor in the other bed, “Did you feel that?” He said “I bet it was a 5.8”. He was right. He should be an earthquake predictor.  
Antigua Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Why the big discrepancy between reports of depth? Here 59km and the news in Guatemala say 9km depth? Why?  
Antigua (104 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up by steady rocking and shaking. Appr. 30 seconds. Distinctively stronger than traffic disturbances.  
Antigua Guatemala (101 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Escuintla (79.4 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Antigua Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I woke up by the swaying. My dogs jumped and started barking...  
Mixco, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Villa Nueva, Guatemala (113.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : No fue sacudido fue como estar en una amaca y fue de 5,4 (reported through our app)  
Chinautla, Guatemala (127.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala City (122.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Guatemala City (117.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
San Pedra la Laguna (110.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was sleeping and felt the beg shaking. It lasted about 20sec and then after 3-4min an other 15sec but much lighter.  
Zona 4 ciudad de guatemala. (121.4 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Se vio movimiento de las líneas eléctricas Se sintió saqueo en el vehículo. (reported through our app)  
Antigua (104.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Bed shaking woke us up. Felt like it lasted a long time. (reported through our app)  
San Salvador (208.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez (104.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Mexicanos, San Salvador (208.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Guatemala City (118.8 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
(Guatemala, 56 km NE of epicenter) : Se sintió fuerte en la costa, en Puerto San José (reported through EMSC)  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 3, 2020 13:02
1 year 51 weeks ago - felt
4.2

86 km
9.3 km S of Concepcion, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore
Feb 1, 2020 08:37
1 year 51 weeks ago
4.2

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 68 km SW of La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore
Jan 11, 2020 02:16
2 years ago - felt
4.9

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 65 km SW of La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore
Dec 31, 2019 08:37
2 years ago
4.3

43 km
North Pacific Ocean, 51 km SW of La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore
Dec 19, 2019 14:41
2 years ago - felt
5.0

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 68 km SW of La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore
Dec 19, 2019 12:39
2 years ago - felt
5.1

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 57 km SW of La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, GuatemalaMore

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