Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 71 km southwest of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2022 at 10:00 am (GMT -6) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 71 km southwest of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2022 at 10:00 am (GMT -6) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 71 km southwest of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2022 at 10:00 am (GMT -6)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 23 km depth

30 Mar 16:05 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
30 Mar 16:09: Now using data updates from GFZ
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6 Apr 03:36: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 57.7 to 22.8 km (from 36 to 14.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 28 km (17 mi) towards WSW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 30, 2022 16:00:58 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Mar 30, 2022 at 10:00 am (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth22.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude13.9532°N / 91.936°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Antipode13.953°S / 88.064°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt18 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoSantiaguito (98 km / 61 mi)
Nearby towns and cities38 km (24 mi) S of Champerico (pop: 7,760) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
71 km (44 mi) SSW of Retalhuleu (pop: 36,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
72 km (45 mi) WSW of Pueblo Nuevo (pop: 18,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) SSW of Nuevo San Carlos (pop: 19,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
84 km (52 mi) S of Coatepec (pop: 45,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
87 km (54 mi) SSW of Colomba (pop: 19,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
88 km (55 mi) SW of San Pablo Jocopilas (pop: 20,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
96 km (60 mi) W of La Gomera (pop: 24,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (101 mi) WSW of Mixco (pop: 473,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
171 km (106 mi) WSW of Guatemala (pop: 994,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.323 km37 Km S of Champerico, GuatemalaUSGS
5.470 kmGUATEMALAEMSC
5.358 kmGuatemalaRaspberryShake
5.424 km41 Km Al Suroeste De Tulate, GuatemalaINETER
5.010 kmGuatemala: Near TapachulaRENASS
5.321 kmGuatemala: 98 Km Al SUR De CD HIDALGO, CHISSSN
5.432 kmGuatemalaGFZ
4.983 kmGuatemalaGeoAu

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Quetzaltenango (109.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Laying on bed, felt building (4th floor) shaking. Saw small hanging items on dresser swinging back and forth.  
puerto san jose (124.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas (335.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : temblo alrededro de las 10:13  
Guatemala City (171.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : My wheelchair moved in circles  
Guatemala,Guatemala (170.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Weak horizontal movement 2-5 seconds. (reported through our app)  
Pastores, Guatemala (145.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
acatenango (126.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala (170.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : estudiando y se movió todo pero despacito.  
Guatemala (165.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guatemala (164.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Escuintla (130.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Viendo la tv cuando empezó a moverse  
Guatemala City (172.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Very little, nothing really moved much  
Chuitzanchach, Santa Cruz la Laguna, Solola / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : It felt easy going.  
Ciudad de Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Un balanceo horizontal mientras estaba sentada en una silla del comedor  
GUATEMALA, MIXCO / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Mixco / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s (reported through our app)
Ciudad Guatemala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Se sintió algo fuerte. Por acá!! (reported through our app)  
Quetzaltenango / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (12 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
May 18, 2022 21:02
7 weeks ago
4.0

19 km
North Pacific Ocean, 64 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
May 18, 2022 06:45
7 weeks ago
2.8

1 km
North Pacific Ocean, 72 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
May 15, 2022 08:32
7 weeks ago
2.7

23 km
North Pacific Ocean, 82 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
May 6, 2022 15:35
9 weeks ago
3.5

22 km
North Pacific Ocean, 63 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
May 6, 2022 15:35
9 weeks ago
2.0

2 km
North Pacific Ocean, 62 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 28, 2022 07:16
10 weeks ago
3.5

17 km
North Pacific Ocean, 64 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 24, 2022 20:15
10 weeks ago
3.3

31 km
North Pacific Ocean, 66 km S of Mazatenango, Suchitepeque, GuatemalaMore
Apr 18, 2022 14:42
11 weeks ago
3.8

9 km
North Pacific Ocean, 88 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 16, 2022 20:45
12 weeks ago
3.8

26 km
North Pacific Ocean, 82 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 13, 2022 22:56
12 weeks ago
4.3

69 km
North Pacific Ocean, 53 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 12, 2022 07:23
12 weeks ago
3.1

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 60 km S of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore
Apr 3, 2022 06:17
14 weeks ago
2.8

23 km
North Pacific Ocean, 60 km SW of Retalhuleu, GuatemalaMore

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