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Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 20 km south of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, Venezuela, on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm (GMT -4) -

Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 20 km south of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, Venezuela, on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm (GMT -4) Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 20 km south of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, Venezuela, on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm (GMT -4)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Dec 17:20 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
7 Dec 17:23: Now using data updates from GFZ
7 Dec 17:35: Now using data updates from USGS
8 Dec 15:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 8.8 to 10.0 km (from 5.5 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 11 km (7.1 mi) towards N.
Update Tue, 7 Dec 2021, 17:27
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 38 km southeast of Guiria, Venezuela
5.1 quake 7 Dec 1:15 pm (GMT -4)
5.1 quake 7 Dec 1:15 pm (GMT -4)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred only 11 minutes ago 38 km southeast of Guiria, Venezuela, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, Venezuela, around noon on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, at 1:15 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Guiria (pop. 40,000) located 38 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Mon Repos (pop. 56,400) located 80 km from the epicenter, Porto Espana (pop. 49,000) 85 km away, Chaguanas (pop. 67,400) 88 km away, and Maturin (pop. 411,000) 124 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

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 7, 2021 17:15:56 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm (GMT -4)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.1
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude10.4026°N / 62.3284°W (Caribbean Sea, Venezuela)
Antipode10.403°S / 117.672°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt35 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoSt. Catherine (207 km / 129 mi)
Nearby towns and cities20 km (12 mi) S of Guiria (pop: 40,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
93 km (58 mi) WSW of Porto Espana (Trinidad & Tobago) (pop: 49,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
95 km (59 mi) W of San Fernando (Trinidad & Tobago) (pop: 55,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) W of Mon Repos (Trinidad & Tobago) (pop: 56,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (121 mi) SSW of Saint George's (Grenada) (pop: 7,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
231 km (143 mi) N of Guayana (pop: 746,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
329 km (204 mi) SSW of Kingstown (St. Vincent & Grenadines) (pop: 24,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
421 km (262 mi) SW of Bridgetown (Barbados) (pop: 98,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
425 km (264 mi) SSW of Castries (Ciceron, St. Lucia) (pop: 20,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
498 km (309 mi) E of Caracas (pop: 3,000,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
117 km (73 mi) W of Trinidad Island (pop: 1,267,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
341 km (212 mi) SSW of Isla de San Vicente Island (pop: 100,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
431 km (268 mi) SW of Barbados Island (pop: 279,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 27.4°C (81 F), humidity: 71%, wind: 3 m/s (7 kts) from NNE
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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
5.110 km19 Km S of Güiria, VenezuelaUSGS
5.110 kmNear Coast of VenezuelaRaspberryShake
5.340 kmGULF OF PARIA, VENEZUELAEMSC
5.110 km30 Km S of Güiria, VenezuelaGFZ
5.231 kmNear Coast of VenezuelaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (37)

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Saddle Road, Maraval (93 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was sitting at my office desk and felt a shaking, the liquid in the bottles on my desk started to shake which confirmed to me that I was in fact experiencing an earthquake. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Port of Spain (94.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : 6th floor apartment, sitting on the couch. Felt the room start to shake. Moved away from the floor-to-ceiling windows and took cover next to a heavy chair. Lasted at least 15 seconds. Neighbor downstairs also felt it.  
Sangre Grande (131.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Very short jolt in east Trinidad  
near Ciudad Guayana, Municipio Caroní, Bolívar (243.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Arouca, Tunapuna/Piarco (108.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s
Puerto España hyatt hotel (97 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 15-20 s
Siparia (85.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 1-2 minutes
Westmoorings (91.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s
Petit Valley, Diego Martin (91.9 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
trinidad (96.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : very light shake but long enough for me to realize  
Trinidad y tobago , couva (94.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was cooking at home  
Chaguanas (101.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : My chair just started shaking for a few seconds  
San Fernando (95.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 20-30 s : Sitting at my workplace and everyone felt some shaking. Weak shaking. San Fernando (reported through our app)  
San Feenando (96.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : In bed. Felt like a gentle sway in a hammock for a few seconds.  
Barataria (98.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : The table and cordless phone were vibrating  
Palmyra Village (99.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : I was sitting and saw the water vibrating and the stand shaking.  
Laventille (100 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short
Porto Espana (93.9 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Sitting in my office while chatting on the telephone.  
san fernando trinidad (96.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : san fernando trinidad. weak shaking for a minute. noticed my christmas tree swaying.  
Laventille (99.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Marabella, San Fernando (98.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : gasparillo  
Chaguanas (100.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : sitting... felt slight shake & then it stopped  
near Point Fortin (69.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s
Mon Repos, San Fernando (99.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Laventille (98.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Puerto Ordaz / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : I live in at 10th floor building. Was light and intermittent. (reported through our app)  
Port Spain TT / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Port Spain TT / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Diego martin / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Puerto Ordaz, Estado Bolívar / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Escuche la vitrina de mi casa haciendo ruido y vi un objeto colgante moviéndose  
Sanfernando / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 11, 2022 21:58
19 weeks ago
3.7

22 km
Caribbean Sea, VenezuelaMore
Dec 22, 2021 00:13
22 weeks ago
2.7

5 km
Caribbean Sea, 21 km S of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore
Dec 21, 2021 04:13
22 weeks ago
2.7

5 km
Caribbean Sea, 21 km S of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore
Dec 20, 2021 16:54
23 weeks ago
3.2

29 km
Caribbean Sea, 18 km SE of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore
Dec 14, 2021 01:43
23 weeks ago
2.6

53 km
Caribbean Sea, 27 km SE of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore
Dec 10, 2021 00:48
24 weeks ago
2.9

7.3 km
Caribbean Sea, 12 km SW of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore
Dec 7, 2021 19:43
24 weeks ago - felt
5.1

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 20 km S of Guiria, Municipio Valdez, Sucre, VenezuelaMore

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