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Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Granada, 52 km south of Managua, Nicaragua, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 12:48 am (GMT -6) -

Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Granada, 52 km south of Managua, Nicaragua, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 12:48 am (GMT -6) Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Granada, 52 km south of Managua, Nicaragua, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 12:48 am (GMT -6)

Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 160 km depth

12 Mar 06:51 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 4 minutes.
12 Mar 06:56: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 152.0 to 163.0 km (from 94 to 101 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 21 km (13 mi) towards ENE.
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12 Mar 07:47: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 156.0 to 160.0 km (from 97 to 99 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards NE.
Update Fri, 12 Mar 2021, 06:57
Moderate 4.9 quake hits near Managua, Departamento de Managua, Nicaragua
4.9 quake 12 Mar 12:48 am (GMT -6)
4.9 quake 12 Mar 12:48 am (GMT -6)
Just 9 minutes ago, a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Managua, Departamento de Managua, Nicaragua. The tremor was recorded after midnight on Friday 12 March 2021 at 12:48 am local time, at an intermediate to considerable depth of 163 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Nandaime (pop. 20,800) located 8 km from the epicenter, Granada (pop. 89,400) 19 km away, Masatepe (pop. 21,500) 25 km away, Jinotepe (pop. 29,500) 26 km away, Masaya (pop. 130,100) 27 km away, San Marcos (pop. 23,300) 29 km away, Diriamba (pop. 35,000) 30 km away, Tipitapa (pop. 50,000) 50 km away, and Managua (pop. 973,100) 51 km away.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 12, 2021 06:48:13 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 12, 2021 at 12:48 am (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.8
Depth160.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude11.69°N / 86.09°W (Granada, Nicaragua)
Antipode11.69°S / 93.91°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Nearest volcanoMombacho (20 km / 12 mi)
Nearby towns and cities8 km (5 mi) SSW of Nandaime (pop: 20,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
21 km (13 mi) SE of Jinotepe (Carazo) (pop: 29,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
25 km (15 mi) SE of Diriamba (Carazo) (pop: 35,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
26 km (16 mi) SSE of Masatepe (Masaya) (pop: 21,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
27 km (17 mi) SSE of San Marcos (Carazo) (pop: 23,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) SSW of Granada (pop: 89,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
41 km (26 mi) SE of El Crucero (Managua) (pop: 16,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) ESE of San Rafael del Sur (Managua) (pop: 29,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
52 km (32 mi) SSE of Managua (pop: 973,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
119 km (74 mi) SE of Leon (León) (pop: 144,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 22.8°C (73 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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
4.8160 kmNICARAGUAEMSC
4.9142 km13 Km Al Norte De El Astillero, NicaraguaINETER
4.8158 kmNicaraguaGFZ
4.8157 km7 Km SSW of Nandaime, NicaraguaUSGS

User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
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