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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Near Coast of Guatemala on Thursday, 19 December 2019

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - Near Coast of Guatemala on Thursday, 19 December 2019
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: Thursday, 19 December 2019 12:35 UTC
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 59.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.71°N / 91.14°W (Guatemala)
Nearest volcano: Fuego (89 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
42 km (26 mi) SW of Puerto San José (pop: 18,700)
43 km (26 mi) SW of La Gomera (pop: 24,000)
53 km (33 mi) SW of Iztapa (pop: 4,000)
109 km (68 mi) SW of Villa Nueva (pop: 406,800)
118 km (73 mi) SW of Mixco (pop: 473,100)
124 km (77 mi) SW of Guatemala City (pop: 994,900)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 19 Dec 12:35 UTCM 5.9 / 59 kmNear Coast of GuatemalaGFZ
Thu, 19 Dec 12:35 UTCM 5.9 / 30 kmOffshore GuatemalaEMSC
Thu, 19 Dec 12:35 UTCM 5.8 / 42.5 kmNear Coast of GuatemalaGeoAu
2019-12-19 06:35:32 -06:00 (19 Dec 12:35:32 UTC)M 5.9 / 31.2 km52km SSW of La Gomera, GuatemalaUSGS
Thu, 19 Dec 12:35 UTCM 5.2 / 30 km GuatemalaBMKG

User reports for this quake (41)

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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)
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.
114.6 km N of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
San Lucas, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
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)
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)
127.7 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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)
208.2 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
104.1 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
208.3 km E of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
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)
San Salvador (El Salvador, 227 km E of epicenter) : I felt it long time, aprox.> 10 secs, I was expecting that a more violent movement could come but any object fell down during the movement. (reported through EMSC)
Santa Ana (El Salvador, 192 km E of epicenter) : Fuerte temblor aca en santa ana el salvador.. (reported through EMSC)
Jutiapa (Guatemala, 183 km NE of epicenter) : fue sensible pero no fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Villa Nueva (Guatemala, 182 km NE of epicenter) : Sismo fuerte y prolongado. (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 140 km NW of epicenter) : Was long, moved clothing rack, then felt an after shock afterwards (reported through EMSC)
La Verbena (Guatemala, 138 km NE of epicenter) : Leve (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 137 km NE of epicenter) : Aqui en la ciudad de Guatemala se sintio minimo, (reported through EMSC)
Don Justo (Guatemala, 137 km NE of epicenter) : En CAES se sintio, fue largo pero no tan fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Colonia Granai & Townson III (Guatemala, 134 km NE of epicenter) : Largo y fuerte (reported through EMSC)
(Guatemala, 120 km NE of epicenter) : Strong enough to wake everyone up. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake: Near Coast of Guatemala, 19 Dec 2019 12:35

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes):
  • 03 Feb 2020 13:02 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    86.4 km (53.7 mi) depth
    |
    49 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Feb 2020 08:37 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 2020 02:16 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 31 Dec 2019 08:37 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    43.1 km (26.8 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Dec 2019 14:41 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 19 Dec 2019 12:39 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Near Coast of Guatemala on Thursday, 19 December 2019
 

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