Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 48 km south of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, on Tuesday, December 31, 1974 at 20:21 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 48 km south of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, on Tuesday, December 31, 1974 at 20:21 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 39 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Dec 31, 1974 20:21:09 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.126°N / 91.824°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Antipode: 14.126°S / 88.176°E
Nearest volcano: Santo Tomas (75 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
21 km (13 mi) SSE of Champerico (pop: 7,760) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) SSW of Retalhuleu (pop: 36,700) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) WSW of Tiquisate (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (33 mi) SSW of Nuevo San Carlos (pop: 19,200) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) S of Coatepec (pop: 45,700) --> See nearby quakes!
85 km (53 mi) SSW of Quetzaltenango (pop: 132,200) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (56 mi) WSW of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop: 62,100) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SW of Solola (pop: 45,400) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) WSW of Mixco (pop: 473,100) --> See nearby quakes!
152 km (95 mi) WSW of Guatemala (pop: 994,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.139 kmoffshore GuatemalaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Apr 4, 1975 14:36
47 years ago

143 km
23 km SE of Mazatenango, Suchitepeque, GuatemalaMore
Jan 21, 1975 00:36
47 years ago

106 km
North Pacific Ocean, 52 km W of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Jan 11, 1975 18:07
47 years ago

104 km
6.2 km E of Mazatenango, Suchitepeque, GuatemalaMore
Jan 9, 1975 06:12
47 years ago

59 km
North Pacific Ocean, 71 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Jan 1, 1975 23:41
47 years ago

108 km
North Pacific Ocean, 39 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Jan 1, 1975 22:52
47 years ago

80 km
North Pacific Ocean, 87 km SW of Quetzaltenango, GuatemalaMore
Dec 31, 1974 21:56
47 years ago

75 km
North Pacific Ocean, 47 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore

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