Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 89 km west of El Viejo, Nicaragua, on Friday, 29 Jan 2021 11:35 pm (GMT -6) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 89 km west of El Viejo, Nicaragua, on Friday, 29 Jan 2021 11:35 pm (GMT -6)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 80 km depth

30 Jan 05:41 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 6 minutes.
30 Jan 05:46: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 32.0 to 80.0 km (from 19.9 to 50 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 38 km (23 mi) towards NE.
30 Jan 05:56: Epicenter location corrected by 5.4 km (3.4 mi) towards W.
30 Jan 07:27: Epicenter location corrected by 1.6 km (1 mi) towards SW.
Update Sat, 30 Jan 2021, 05:45
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Usulutan, Departamento de Usulutan, El Salvador
5.0 quake 29 Jan 11:35 pm (GMT -6)
5.0 quake 29 Jan 11:35 pm (GMT -6)
Just 10 minutes ago, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Usulutan, Departamento de Usulutan, El Salvador. The tremor was recorded late at night on Friday 29 January 2021 at 11:35 pm local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 32 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Intipuca (pop. 3,500) located 77 km from the epicenter, Puerto El Triunfo (pop. 19,100) 93 km away, Usulutan (pop. 51,900) 96 km away, San Rafael Oriente (pop. 19,100) 97 km away, La Union (pop. 26,800) 99 km away, and San Miguel (pop. 161,900) 107 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 30 Jan 2021 05:35:28 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 29 Jan 2021 11:35 pm (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 80.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 12.71°N / 87.99°W (North Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua)
Nearest volcano: Cosigüina (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
59 km (36 mi) W of Jiquilillo (pop: 4,140) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (56 mi) W of El Viejo (pop: 53,500) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) WNW of Corinto (pop: 19,200) --> See nearby quakes!
94 km (58 mi) W of Chinandega (pop: 126,400) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) WNW of Leon (pop: 144,500) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) SSE of Sensuntepeque (El Salvador) (pop: 20,400) --> See nearby quakes!
169 km (105 mi) SE of San Salvador (El Salvador) (pop: 526,000) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (108 mi) SSW of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) (pop: 850,800) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) WSW of Somoto (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (124 mi) WNW of Managua (pop: 973,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 27.8°C (82 F), humidity: 69%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from NE
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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
5.080 kmOFFSHORE EL SALVADOREMSC
5.140 km71 Km Al Suroeste De Punta Cosigüina, Nicaragua, El SalvadorINETER
4.880 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGFZ
5.069 km52 Km S of Intipucá, El Salvador, NicaraguaUSGS

User reports for this quake (3)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
105.8 km E of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
95.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
San Miguel, El Salvador / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 20-30 s
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