Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Departamento de Carazo, 44 km southwest of Masaya, Nicaragua, on 21 Jul 7:28 pm (GMT -6) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Departamento de Carazo, 44 km southwest of Masaya, Nicaragua, on 21 Jul 7:28 pm (GMT -6)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 34 km depth

22 Jul 01:23 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 30 seconds.
22 Jul 03:07: Now using data updates from GFZ
22 Jul 07:10: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 50.0 to 34.0 km (from 31 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 68 km (42 mi) towards ENE.
Update Thu, 22 Jul 2021, 01:42
Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 89 km southwest of Jinotepe, Nicaragua
5.1 quake 21 Jul 7:28 pm (GMT -6)
5.1 quake 21 Jul 7:28 pm (GMT -6)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Nicaragua near Jinotepe, Departamento de Carazo, only 14 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early evening on Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 7:28 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 50 km. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
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 Masachapa (pop. 5,000) located 56 km from the epicenter, San Rafael del Sur (pop. 29,800) 67 km away, Diriamba (pop. 35,000) 86 km away, Jinotepe (pop. 29,500) 89 km away, Ciudad Sandino (pop. 50,000) 98 km away, Managua (pop. 973,100) 103 km away, and Leon (pop. 144,500) 106 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 22 Jul 2021 01:28:25 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 21 Jul 7:28 pm (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 34.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 11.65°N / 86.33°W (Departamento de Carazo, Nicaragua)
Nearest volcano: Arenal (8 km / 5 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) SW of Santa Teresa (Carazo) (pop: 5,790) --> See nearby quakes!
25 km (16 mi) SSE of San Rafael del Sur (Managua) (pop: 29,800) --> See nearby quakes!
25 km (16 mi) SSW of Diriamba (Carazo) (pop: 35,000) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) SSW of Jinotepe (Carazo) (pop: 29,500) --> See nearby quakes!
32 km (20 mi) SSW of San Marcos (Carazo) (pop: 23,300) --> See nearby quakes!
32 km (20 mi) WSW of Nandaime (Granada) (pop: 20,800) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (34 mi) S of Managua (pop: 973,100) --> See nearby quakes!
106 km (66 mi) SE of Leon (León) (pop: 144,500) --> See nearby quakes!
287 km (178 mi) SSE of Tegucigalpa (Francisco Morazán, Honduras) (pop: 850,800) --> See nearby quakes!
311 km (193 mi) NW of San Jose (San José, Costa Rica) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 10 m/s (19 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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
5.134 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGFZ
unknownn/aNear Coast of NicaraguaVolcanoDiscovery
5.360 kmNEAR COAST OF NICARAGUAEMSC
5.525 km84 Km Al Suroeste De Pochomil, NicaraguaINETER
5.235 km55 Km SW of Masachapa, NicaraguaUSGS
5.675 km85 Km Al Suroeste De Managua, Nicaragua.RSN
5.373 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (5)

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Chinautla, Guatemala (563.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Ticuantepe, Managua (48.9 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
near San Isidro, Pérez Zeledón (380.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
La fortuna (226.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex motion difficult to describe / very short : Was weak but still could feel it shake me a bit or atleast my bed  
La fortuna (226.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex motion difficult to describe / very short : Was weak but still could feel it shake me a bit or atleast my bed  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 27 Jul 2021 21:00 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    103 km (64 mi) depth
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    1 km (1 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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