Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 86 km south of Villa Canales, Departamento de Guatemala, on Monday, December 22, 1997 at 10:03 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 86 km south of Villa Canales, Departamento de Guatemala, on Monday, December 22, 1997 at 10:03 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 59 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Dec 22, 1997 10:03:45 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 59.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.742°N / 90.316°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Antipode: 13.742°S / 89.684°E
Nearest volcano: Moyuta (40 km / 25 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
39 km (24 mi) SSE of Guazacapan (Guazacapán) (pop: 7,080) --> See nearby quakes!
80 km (50 mi) SE of Escuintla (pop: 103,200) --> See nearby quakes!
86 km (53 mi) SSE of Villa Canales (pop: 122,200) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) SSE of Petapa (pop: 141,500) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) SSE of Amatitlan (pop: 71,800) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) SSE of Villa Nueva (pop: 406,800) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (64 mi) SSE of Guatemala (pop: 994,900) --> See nearby quakes!
104 km (64 mi) SSE of Mixco (pop: 473,100) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) W of San Salvador (El Salvador) (pop: 526,000) --> See nearby quakes!
182 km (113 mi) W of Sensuntepeque (El Salvador) (pop: 20,400) --> 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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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.159 kmoffshore GuatemalaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (14 quakes)

  • 25 May 1998 19:14 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    70.4 km (43.7 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 May 1998 10:10 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 May 1998 02:33 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    49 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 May 1998 09:38 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    57 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 May 1998 18:52 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 May 1998 06:05 UTC
    | M 6.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 93 km south of Villa Canales, Departamento de Guatemala, on Sunday, May 10, 1998 at 06:05 (GMT)
  • 09 May 1998 11:42 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Feb 1998 02:57 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    58.6 km (36.4 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Feb 1998 14:54 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Feb 1998 21:10 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Feb 1998 09:08 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Feb 1998 13:25 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    60 km (37 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Jan 1998 10:53 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    143.9 km (89.4 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Dec 1997 13:17 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    72.6 km (45.1 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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