Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 57 km southwest of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua, on Friday, 24 January 2020 at 21:59 (GMT) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 57 km southwest of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua, on Friday, 24 January 2020 at 21:59 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 56 km depth

24 Jan 22:06 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Date & time: 24 Jan 2020 21:59:08 UTC -
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 56.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 11.38°N / 86.66°W (North Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua)
Nearest volcano: Masaya (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
48 km (30 mi) SSW of Masachapa (pop: 5,000) --> See nearby quakes!
57 km (36 mi) SSW of San Rafael del Sur (pop: 29,800) --> See nearby quakes!
90 km (56 mi) SW of Masaya (pop: 130,100) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) SSW of Managua (pop: 973,100) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) SW of Granada (pop: 89,400) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (75 mi) SSE of Leon (pop: 144,500) --> See nearby quakes!
234 km (145 mi) S of Somoto (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!
324 km (202 mi) WNW of San Jose (Costa Rica) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
350 km (217 mi) SE of Sensuntepeque (El Salvador) (pop: 20,400) --> See nearby quakes!
376 km (234 mi) SE of San Salvador (El Salvador) (pop: 526,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 5.256 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGFZ
M 5.516 km106 km al Oeste de San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.RSN
M 5.352 kmNear Coast Of NicaraguaEMSC
M 5.271 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGeoAu
M 5.346 km55km SSW of Masachapa, NicaraguaUSGS

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Las Vegas, NV 89121 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt the house move and the sounds in the house like cracking
Carretera Sur. 12.7 Managua / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Fue largo y fuerte.
71.8 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tola, Rivas (83.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Managua (95.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
96.7 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
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More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 25 Feb 2020 16:13 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    28 km (17.4 mi) depth
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 12 Feb 2020 13:05 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    49 km (30.4 mi) depth
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 25 Jan 2020 23:07 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    42.3 km (26.3 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jan 2020 23:44 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    58 km (36 mi) depth
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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