Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 56 km south of Sonsonate, El Salvador, on Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 11:32 am (GMT -6) -

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 56 km south of Sonsonate, El Salvador, on Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 11:32 am (GMT -6)

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 24 km depth

19 Dec 17:35 UTC: First to report: INETER after 3 minutes.
19 Dec 17:42: Magnitude recalculated from 4.4 to 4.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 29.0 to 24.0 km (from 18 to 14.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 7.6 km (4.7 mi) towards SSW.
Update Sat, 19 Dec 2020, 17:39
Light tremor of magnitude 4.4 just reported 50 km southeast of Sonsonate, El Salvador
4.4 quake 19 Dec 11:32 am (GMT -6)
4.4 quake 19 Dec 11:32 am (GMT -6)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred only 7 minutes ago 50 km southeast of Sonsonate, El Salvador, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 29 km beneath the epicenter near Sonsonate, Departamento de Sonsonate, El Salvador, in the morning on Saturday 19 December 2020 at 11:32 am local time. 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 should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in La Libertad (pop. 16,900) located 40 km from the epicenter, and Acajutla (pop. 22,800) 41 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Sonsonate (pop. 59,500) located 50 km from the epicenter, Santa Tecla (pop. 124,700) 58 km away, Antiguo Cuscatlan (pop. 33,800) 59 km away, San Marcos (pop. 54,600) 64 km away, San Salvador (pop. 526,000) 66 km away, Mejicanos (pop. 160,300) 68 km away, and Soyapango (pop. 329,700) 71 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 19 Dec 2020 17:32:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 11:32 am (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 24.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.218°N / 89.652°W (North Pacific Ocean, El Salvador)
Nearest volcano: Izalco (66 km / 41 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
46 km (28 mi) SSE of Acajutla (pop: 22,800) --> See nearby quakes!
47 km (29 mi) SW of La Libertad (pop: 16,900) --> See nearby quakes!
58 km (36 mi) S of Sonzacate (pop: 15,400) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (36 mi) S of Izalco (pop: 19,200) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (40 mi) SW of Santa Tecla (pop: 124,700) --> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) SW of Antiguo Cuscatlan (Antiguo Cuscatlán) (pop: 33,800) --> See nearby quakes!
73 km (45 mi) SW of San Salvador (pop: 526,000) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) SW of Soyapango (pop: 329,700) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) S of Santa Ana (pop: 176,700) --> See nearby quakes!
132 km (82 mi) SW of Sensuntepeque (pop: 20,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 40%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: INETER
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.224 km46 Km Al Sureste De Acajutla, El SalvadorINETER
4.219 kmOFFSHORE EL SALVADOREMSC

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