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Strong mag. 5.6 Earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean on Friday, May 7, 2021 08:45 am (GMT -3)

Strong mag. 5.6 Earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean on Friday, May 7, 2021 08:45 am (GMT -3) Strong mag. 5.6 Earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean on Friday, May 7, 2021 08:45 am (GMT -3)

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 May 11:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
7 May 12:47: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6. Epicenter location corrected by 8.7 km (5.4 mi) towards E.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 7, 2021 11:45:25 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, May 7, 2021 08:45 am (GMT -3)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude14.02°N / 48.22°W
Antipode14.02°S / 131.78°E
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 25.2°C (77 F), humidity: 71%, wind: 8 m/s (16 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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 Depth Time GMT Epicenter Agency
5.6 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:25 North Atlantic Ocean GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
5.6 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:25 NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
10.3 km (6.4 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
5.2 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:27 Near Paramaribo
18 km (11 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
RENASS (Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS))
5.3 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:26 North Atlantic Ocean
17 km (10.3 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
5.5 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:25 North Atlantic Ocean
22 km (14 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
USGS (United States Geological Survey)
5.6 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2021-05-7 11:45:25 North Atlantic Ocean
2.5 km (1.6 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
GeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
(*) A depth given as 10 km often means that the the depth of the quake could not determined with sufficient accuracy.


Seismic station: Gun Hill, Barbados (BBGH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 1229 km / 764 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Gun Hill, Barbados: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User-reports for this quake (4)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
near Macouria, Guyane, Guyane (1105.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
1977.7 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / not felt
Bogotá (3017.1 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Caribbean (4044.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt


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