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Strong mag. 5.3 Earthquake - 22 km north of Pearl Lagoon, Laguna de Perlas, Atlantico Sur, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 04:16 am (Managua time)

Strong mag. 5.3 Earthquake - 22 km north of Pearl Lagoon, Laguna de Perlas, Atlantico Sur, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 04:16 am (Managua time) Strong mag. 5.3 Earthquake - 22 km north of Pearl Lagoon, Laguna de Perlas, Atlantico Sur, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 04:16 am (Managua time)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

14 Oct 10:21 UTC: First to report: INETER after 5 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 14, 2020 10:16:16 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Oct 14, 2020 04:16 am (America/Managua GMT -6)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude12.536°N / 83.712°W Atlantico Sur, Nicaragua
Antipode12.536°S / 96.288°E
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceINETER
Nearest volcanoVolcán Azul (17 km / 11 mi)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 23.5°C (74 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
22 km (14 mi)
SSE of epicenter
Pearl Lagoon
(pop: 6,810)
Atlantico Sur
58 km (36 mi)
S of epicenter
(pop: 44,400)
Atlantico Sur
61 km (38 mi)
WNW of epicenter
El Tortuguero
(pop: 1,290)
Atlantico Sur
69 km (43 mi)
SW of epicenter
(pop: 20,500)
Atlantico Sur
81 km (50 mi)
ESE of epicenter
Great Corn Island
(pop: 8,010)
Atlantico Sur
124 km (77 mi)
SW of epicenter
Nueva Guinea
(pop: 52,900)
NI.18.9612993, Atlantico Sur
279 km (174 mi)
W of epicenter
(pop: 973,100)
Departamento de Managua
292 km (182 mi)
S of epicenter
San Jose
(pop: 335,000)
San José, Provincia de San José
344 km (214 mi)
W of epicenter
(pop: 144,500)
Very weak
Departamento de Leon
416 km (258 mi)
WNW of epicenter
(pop: 850,800)
Very weak
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

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Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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Mag Depth Time GMT Epicenter Agency
5.3 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2020-10-14 10:16:16 22 Km Al Norte De Laguna De Perlas, Nicaragua INETER
(*) A depth given as 10 km often means that the the depth of the quake could not determined with sufficient accuracy.


Seismic station: Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica (JTS/II network) | Distance from quake: 284 km / 176 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.1-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User-reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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