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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 6 km ENE of Masagua, Guatemala, on 27 Sep 3:40 am (GMT -6)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - 6 km ENE of Masagua, Guatemala, on 27 Sep 3:40 am (GMT -6)
27 Sep 09:47 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
27 Sep 09:52: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 117.0 to 107.0 km (from 73 to 66 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.9 km (3 mi) towards WSW.
Date & time: 2020-09-27 09:40:56 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 27 Sep 3:40 am (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 107.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.21°N / 90.76°W (Guatemala)
Nearest volcano: Pacaya (26 km / 16 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
10 km (6 mi) E of Masagua (pop: 10,000)
11 km (7 mi) SE of Escuintla (pop: 103,200)
13 km (8 mi) W of Guanagazapa (pop: 2,800)
50 km (31 mi) SW of Mixco (pop: 473,100)
55 km (34 mi) SW of Guatemala City (pop: 994,900)
179 km (111 mi) NW of San Salvador (pop: 526,000)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 15.2°C (59 F), humidity: 93%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from N
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
2020-09-27 09:40:56 UTC
27 Sep 3:40 am (GMT -6)
M 5.3 / 107 km6 km ENE of Masagua, GuatemalaGFZ
2020-09-27 09:40:56 UTCM 5.3 / 110 km46 Km SSW of Mixco, GuatemalaEMSC
2020-09-27 09:40:53 UTC
2020-09-27 03:40:53
M 5.7 / 22 km17 Km Al Norte De Sipacate, GuatemalaINETER
2020-09-27 09:40:56 UTCM 5.3 / 106.3 km5 Km E of Masagua, GuatemalaUSGS
2020-09-27 09:40:57 UTCM 5.3 / 120.1 km45 Km SSW of Guatemala City, GuatemalaGeoAu
2020-09-27 09:41:00 UTCM 5.3 / 124 km10 Km NNW of Cobán, GuatemalaBMKG

User reports for this quake (82)

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20.2 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was lay down. I heard the sound coming while the tremble increased. My window and the walls cracked. The dogs were barking a few seconds before and during the earthquake. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
44.3 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Slight movement the first 4 to 6 seconds and increased sideways shaking the next few seconds. I had time to evaluate if I should take any action, put my pants on, take my phone and walk out of the room. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
La Candelaria Antigua Guatemala (39.5 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : I was in bed. The bed began to shake. I recognised it as an earthquake but it was a bit stronger than others I have experienced so I was nervous in case it got stronger. I was planning my next move when it stopped. There was some noise from the building. All the dogs in the neighbourhood started barking.
50 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Nos agarró dormidos, saludos desde Mixvo | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
San Marcos La Laguna (78.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
50.2 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / not felt
53.1 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
105.4 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
Escuintla (11.9 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s
Guatemala City (52.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
72.2 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
34.8 km N of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : The tremor felt like a slow wave at first (reported through our app)
35.3 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke me up (reported through our app)
53.8 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
53.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa Escuintla (28.3 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
Guatemala, San Jose Pinula (52.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
10.7 km N of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
53.6 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
53.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : Algo fuerte, me desperto (reported through our app)
Ahuachapán, Ahuachapán (103.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 20-30 s
54.7 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala - Villa Nueva (43.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Amatitlán (32.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
53.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua Guatemala (39.4 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Escuintla, masagua (9.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
189.4 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
56.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s
53 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s (reported through our app)
8.8 km N of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 20-30 s (reported through our app)
San Pedro la Laguna Solola Guatemaa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was reading on the couch and felt the floor beneath me shifting back and forth and heard The drinking glasses in our cabinet clanking together.
San Pedro la Laguna Solola Guatemaa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was reading on the couch and felt the floor beneath me shifting back and forth and heard The drinking glasses in our cabinet clanking together.
San Pedro la Laguna Solola Guatemaa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was reading on the couch and felt the floor beneath me shifting back and forth and heard The drinking glasses in our cabinet clanking together.
zona 2 / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 5-10 s : nos despertó gracias a Dios todos bien solo el susto | One user found this interesting.
El Paredon, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
El Paredon, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
Guatemala City / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : My bed was rocking and could hear the lights swing also
Chicago Illinois / not felt
Guatemala City / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Sibinal Guatemala / not felt
Antigua, Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s
Santa Lucia Milpas Altas Sacatepequez,Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : I felt a rolling motion back and forth I was sleep and wake me up It felt smooth
Felton, CA 95018 / not felt
San Miguel Petapa / not felt
San Pedro Las Huertas / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : Sleeping but felt it.
Hotel Barcelo Guatemala City on 7th floor / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : My bed was shaking and travelled away from the way twice
Villa Nueva / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating : Pacaya Volcano is strongly erupting.
Ciudad Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Fue sensible nos despertó
Ciudad de Guatemala, zona 2. / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Z.7 ciudad de Guatemala / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Carretera al Salvador Km 26.5 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Guatemala, ciudad / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
Guatemala city / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Mixco / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Ciudad de Guatemala / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Villa Canales, Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guatemala / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s : Estaba dormido y me despierto
Villa Nueva Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Antigua Guatemala / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
San Pedro el Panorama, Antigua, Sacatepequez / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Guatemala City Zona 10 / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Palin, Escuintla / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s
Antigua guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Sound
Guatemala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 20-30 s
San lucas / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Antigua Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : The rocking woke me up. My dog barked
San José Pinula (Guatemala, 59 km NE of epicenter) : Movimiento leve (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala, 72 km NW of epicenter) : Put the covers over my head what a shaker in. San pedro la Laguna (reported through EMSC)
Villa Nueva (Guatemala, 45 km NE of epicenter) : Sensible (reported through EMSC)
Antigua Guatemala (Guatemala, 41 km N of epicenter) : Me despertó, movimiento leve. (reported through EMSC)
Guatemala City (Guatemala, 58 km NE of epicenter) : Me despertó. Fue algo largo. (reported through EMSC)
Santa Catarina Pinula (Guatemala, 52 km NE of epicenter) : We were sleeping and it woke us up! (reported through EMSC)
Mixco (Guatemala, 52 km NE of epicenter) : Fue un poco largo no se sintió tan fuerte pero si como que no acababa (reported through EMSC)
Mixco (Guatemala, 52 km NE of epicenter) : Just woke up to an earthquake. Lasted approximately 10 seconds. (reported through EMSC)
Pastores (Guatemala, 44 km N of epicenter) : Movimiento leve (reported through EMSC)
Villa Nueva (Guatemala, 43 km NE of epicenter) : Se sintió por todos en casa (reported through EMSC)
Jocotenango (Guatemala, 42 km N of epicenter) : Woke up (reported through EMSC)
Amatitlán (Guatemala, 35 km NE of epicenter) : Amatitlán se sintio mecidoy ladraron los perros (reported through EMSC)
Iztapa (Guatemala, 31 km S of epicenter) : me despertó (reported through EMSC)

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 6 km ENE of Masagua, Guatemala, on 27 Sep 3:40 am (GMT -6)
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