Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 130 km southwest of Guatemala City, Municipio de Guatemala, on Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 7:23 pm (GMT -6) -

Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 130 km southwest of Guatemala City, Municipio de Guatemala, on Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 7:23 pm (GMT -6)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 19 km depth

8 Nov 01:28 UTC: First to report: INETER after 5 minutes.
8 Nov 01:35: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 19.0 km (from 6.2 to 11.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 11 km (7.1 mi) towards NE.
Update Sun, 8 Nov 2020, 01:30
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 94 km southwest of Escuintla, Guatemala early evening
5.0 quake 57 km SW of La Gomera, Guatemala, 7 Nov 7.23 pm (GMT -6)
5.0 quake 57 km SW of La Gomera, Guatemala, 7 Nov 7.23 pm (GMT -6)
A shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported early evening near the town of La Gomera, Guatemala.
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), the quake hit on Saturday 7 November 2020 at 7.23 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc. Weak shaking might have been felt in La Gomera (pop. 24,000) located 57 km from the epicenter, Nueva Concepción (pop. 11,100) 62 km away, Puerto San José (pop. 18,700) 63 km away, Tiquisate (pop. 18,200) 71 km away, Iztapa (pop. 4,000) 74 km away, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa (pop. 62,100) 84 km away, Escuintla (pop. 103,200) 94 km away, and Amatitlán (pop. 71,800) 119 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 8 Nov 2020 01:23:24 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 7:23 pm (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 19.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.727°N / 91.263°W (Guatemala)
Nearest volcano: Fuego (104 km / 65 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
45 km (28 mi) SSW of La Gomera (pop: 24,000) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) WSW of San Jose (Municipio de San José) (pop: 18,700) --> See nearby quakes!
63 km (39 mi) S of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SSW of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop: 62,100) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) SW of Escuintla (pop: 103,200) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) S of Chicacao (pop: 20,400) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) SSE of Mazatenango (pop: 44,100) --> See nearby quakes!
97 km (60 mi) SW of Palin (Palín) (pop: 31,300) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) SW of Mixco (pop: 473,100) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) SW of Guatemala City (pop: 994,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 27°C (81 F), humidity: 83%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from SE
Primary data source: INETER
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
M 5.119 km24 Km Al Sur De San Jose, GuatemalaINETER
M 4.568 km33 Km SSW of La Gomera, GuatemalaUSGS
M 4.568 km33 Km SSW of La Gomera, GuatemalaUSGS

User reports for this quake (11)

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127 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Antigua Guatemala (110.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : A mild rolling sensation. Not too strong. (reported through our app)
104.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
106.1 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short (reported through our app)
104 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Villa Nueva (118.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Definitely felt the earthquake, my chandelier kept swinging back and forth.
Antigua / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
San lucas / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Guatemala City (Guatemala, 118 km NE of epicenter) : La ventana hizo ruido, y se movió la lámpara. (reported through EMSC)
Mixco (Guatemala, 111 km NE of epicenter) : Sismo bastante fuerte, San Cristóbal Mixco, Guatemala (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala, 96 km NW of epicenter) : Rolling thunder (reported through EMSC)
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More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 02 Jan 2021 00:42 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    19 km (11.8 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 19 Dec 2020 20:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    1 km (0.6 mi) depth
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 28 Nov 2020 06:53 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    17 km (10.6 mi) depth
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 10 Nov 2020 16:40 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    36.4 km (22.6 mi) depth
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Nov 2020 06:59 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    16 km (9.9 mi) depth
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details

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