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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 3:43 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 3:43 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 3:43 pm (GMT -4)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Dec 19:47 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
7 Dec 19:56: Now using data updates from GFZ
7 Dec 20:07: Now using data updates from USGS
8 Dec 17:34: Epicenter location corrected by 10.9 km (6.8 mi) towards SSE.
Update Tue, 7 Dec 2021, 20:00
Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake 20 km southwest of Guiria, Venezuela
4.6 quake 7 Dec 3:43 pm (GMT -4)
4.6 quake 7 Dec 3:43 pm (GMT -4)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred only 16 minutes ago 20 km southwest 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, early afternoon on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, at 3:43 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 4.8.
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 20 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Point Fortin (pop. 19,100) located 82 km from the epicenter, Carupano (pop. 112,100) 98 km away, and Porto Espana (pop. 49,000) 99 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 19:43:48 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Dec 7, 2021 at 3:43 pm (GMT -4)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.1
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude10.4054°N / 62.3427°W (Caribbean Sea, Venezuela)
Antipode10.405°S / 117.657°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt27 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoSt. Catherine (207 km / 129 mi)
Nearby towns and cities20 km (12 mi) SSW of Guiria (pop: 40,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
95 km (59 mi) WSW of Porto Espana (Trinidad & Tobago) (pop: 49,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
97 km (60 mi) W of San Fernando (Trinidad & Tobago) (pop: 55,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
99 km (62 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
422 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
496 km (308 mi) E of Caracas (pop: 3,000,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
119 km (74 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
432 km (268 mi) SW of Barbados Island (pop: 279,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 27.6°C (82 F), humidity: 71%, wind: 5 m/s (10 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 SSW of Güiria, VenezuelaUSGS
4.92 km4.8 SUCRE, VENEZUELAEMSC
5.110 kmNear Coast of VenezuelaRaspberryShake
4.610 kmNear Coast of VenezuelaGFZ

User reports for this quake (28)

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San Raphael, Trinidad (120 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 30-60 s : I noticed the vibration and my son confirmed it at 1:15pm. There was an aftershock of greater intensity but shorter duration at 3:44pm.  
Trinidad anda Tobago (102.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Shaking and fast | One user found this interesting.  
Sangre Grande (134.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Puerto España hyatt hotel (94.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : Floor 9 of hyatt port Spain Gabriel here  
Rio Claro-Mayaro (124.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Maraval (96.9 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Very short shudder felt while sittin in second floor of apartment building. (reported through our app)  
Puerto España hyatt hotel (94.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : Floor 9 of hyatt port Spain Gabriel here  
diego martin (92.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
Trinidad and Tobago (101.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Sitting on a chair.Saw the wall clock moving.  
Trinidad and Tobago (101.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Sitting on a chair.Saw the wall clock moving.  
Chagaramas Macquarie (87.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 minutes : I was just sitting down when the chair started shaking  
California Trinidad (95.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Sitting and felt movement from side.to side and saw tv shaking  
Trinidad and Tobago (99.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : I was laying down on my couch in the living room  
Laventille (91.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / very short
Diego Martin (92.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
San Juan (101.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Trinidad (109 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Porto Espana (95.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
Chaguanas (103.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Trinidad and Tobago (94.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Laventille / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Laventille / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Marabella, trinidad / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 15-20 s
Port of Spain Trinidad / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s
Port of spain / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Diego Martin Trinidad / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Cedros / Weak shaking (MMI III)
St Clair, Port of Spain / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : I felt the desk slightly moving and felt dizzy for a couple of seconds  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 25, 2022 18:14
17 weeks ago
3.4

32 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
23 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
24 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

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