Moderate mag. 4.7 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 45 km south of La Gomera, Escuintla, Guatemala, on Friday, 1 Jan 2021 6:42 pm (GMT -6) -

Moderate mag. 4.7 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 45 km south of La Gomera, Escuintla, Guatemala, on Friday, 1 Jan 2021 6:42 pm (GMT -6)

Moderate magnitude 4.7 earthquake at 19 km depth

2 Jan 00:49 UTC: First to report: INETER after 7 minutes.
2 Jan 00:56: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 4.7. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 16.0 to 19.0 km (from 9.9 to 11.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.2 km (1.4 mi) towards E.
Update Sat, 2 Jan 2021, 00:54
Light magnitude 4.6 quake hits 46 km southwest of La Gomera, Guatemala early evening
4.6 quake 1 Jan 6:42 pm (GMT -6)
4.6 quake 1 Jan 6:42 pm (GMT -6)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred only 12 minutes ago 46 km southwest of La Gomera, Guatemala, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 16 km beneath the epicenter near La Gomera, Municipio de La Gomera, Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala, early evening on Friday 1 January 2021 at 6:42 pm 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 Gomera (pop. 24,000) located 46 km from the epicenter, Puerto San José (pop. 18,700) 48 km away, Nueva Concepcion (pop. 11,100) 57 km away, Masagua (pop. 10,000) 68 km away, and Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate (pop. 18,200) 68 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop. 62,100) located 73 km from the epicenter, Escuintla (pop. 103,200) 80 km away, and Mazatenango (pop. 44,100) 99 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 2 Jan 2021 00:42:17 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 1 Jan 2021 6:42 pm (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 4.7
Depth: 19.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.697°N / 91.172°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Nearest volcano: Fuego (93 km / 58 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
45 km (28 mi) SSW of La Gomera (pop: 24,000) --> See nearby quakes!
46 km (28 mi) SW of San Jose (Municipio de San José) (pop: 18,700) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) SSE of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
73 km (45 mi) SSW of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop: 62,100) --> See nearby quakes!
79 km (49 mi) SSW of Escuintla (pop: 103,200) --> See nearby quakes!
94 km (58 mi) SSW of Palin (Palín) (pop: 31,300) --> See nearby quakes!
96 km (59 mi) S of Chicacao (pop: 20,400) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SSE of Mazatenango (pop: 44,100) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (75 mi) SSW of Mixco (pop: 473,100) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) SW of Guatemala City (pop: 994,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 27°C (81 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SE
Primary data source: INETER
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1011 joules (197 megawatt hours, equivalent to 169 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 4.719 km26 Km Al Sur De San Jose, GuatemalaINETER
M 4.335 km40 Km SSW of La Gomera, GuatemalaUSGS
M 4.335 kmOFFSHORE GUATEMALAEMSC

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Mixco / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s
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