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Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 39 km north of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, Honduras, on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022 at 9:17 am (GMT -6) -

Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 39 km north of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, Honduras, on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022 at 9:17 am (GMT -6) Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 39 km north of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, Honduras, on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022 at 9:17 am (GMT -6)

Strong magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 10 km depth

2 Aug 15:19 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 3 minutes.
2 Aug 15:23: Now using data updates from EMSC
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2 Aug 18:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.4. Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards E.
Update Tue, 2 Aug 2022, 15:30

Moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.9 just reported 89 km northwest of La Ceiba, Honduras

4.9 quake 2 Aug 9:17 am (GMT -6)
4.9 quake 2 Aug 9:17 am (GMT -6)
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake near La Ceiba, Departamento de Atlantida, Honduras, was reported only 13 minutes ago by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, at 9:17 am 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.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake as well. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.9.
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 Tela (pop. 29,300) located 68 km from the epicenter, Coxen Hole (pop. 7,500) 84 km away, Roatan Town (pop. 7,500) 84 km away, Baracoa (pop. 9,200) 87 km away, San Juan Pueblo (pop. 5,700) 88 km away, Puerto Cortés (pop. 48,000) 89 km away, and La Ceiba (pop. 130,200) 89 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include San Pedro Sula (pop. 489,500) located 122 km from the epicenter.
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 details

Date & timeAug 2, 2022 15:17:01 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Aug 2, 2022 at 9:17 am (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.4
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude16.1209°N / 87.5144°W (Caribbean Sea, Honduras)
Antipode16.121°S / 92.486°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt330 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoUtila (66 km / 41 mi)
Nearby towns and cities39 km (24 mi) N of Tela (pop: 29,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
55 km (34 mi) NE of Puerto Cortés (pop: 48,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
73 km (46 mi) NE of Choloma (pop: 139,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
86 km (53 mi) NNE of El Progreso (pop: 100,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
88 km (54 mi) NE of San Pedro Sula (pop: 489,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
88 km (55 mi) WNW of La Ceiba (pop: 130,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
183 km (114 mi) SE of Hattieville (Belize) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
229 km (142 mi) N of Tegucigalpa (pop: 850,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
147 km (92 mi) S of Northern Cay Island (pop: 6) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
170 km (106 mi) SSE of Saint George’s Cay Island (pop: 20) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
219 km (136 mi) SSE of Ambergris Cay Island (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 28.1°C (82 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 9 m/s (17 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) | 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
5.410 km38 Km N of Tela, HondurasUSGS
5.310 kmNorth of HondurasGFZ
5.410 kmNorth of HondurasRaspberryShake
5.417 km67 Km Al Norte De Tela, HondurasINETER
5.510.2 kmNorth of Honduras [Sea: Honduras]INGV
5.330 kmOFFSHORE HONDURASEMSC
5.440 kmNorth of HondurasGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGUH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 231 km / 144 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tegucigalpa, Honduras: 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. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (342)

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Oak Ridge, Santos Guardiola, Roatan, Bay Islands, (127.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : our ministry building is two floors and most noticed it. A few people moving around in the middle of the building did not notice it. My husband down the road at home felt it too. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Caribbean Sea (14.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I was in hammock on porch of my wooden house on stilts Hiuse shock for several seconds. Shook again but weaker a few seconds later | 2 users found this interesting.  
Caye Caulker, Belize (190.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Shaking stared light but built very quickly. It sustained moderate for about ten seconds then gradually decreased over approximately 20 seconds. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Rio Viejo, Atlantida, Honduras (101.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Lots of rattling noises like big vehicles passing. Stopped for a few seconds then began again but with more shaking and rattling. Everyone jumped up and ran outside when the shaking began a second time. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Tela, Atlantida, Honduras (101.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : It was loud and the most shaking I have experienced before in my life. My young children were scared, but no real damage done around me. | 2 users found this interesting.  
La Ceiba, Atlántida (88.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : i was in my computer when everything started shaking, so i went outside and saw the car shaking too, i went inside my house and my parents told me to stop moving around the house cause it could continue | 2 users found this interesting.  
San pedro sula / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was sleeping and felt the bed moving smooth like a hammock ???????? that’s when I realized it was an earthquake | 2 users found this interesting.  
La Ceiba (84.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : I was writing and doing some things I needed to do, first I felt a smooth vibration and I thought it was a heavy truck passing by, then it started to feel like a swing, my chair moved back and forth, and then I saw buildings and objects that were near me | One user found this interesting.  
West End, roatan (100.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Sitting outside on a second floor terrace. The whole house shook for around 10 seconds, vibrations continued through floor 10 esconde more. The closed door was banging, coffee spilt from the coffee manera. | One user found this interesting.  
Honduras (55.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Estaba dormida en el mueble de mi sala cuando sentí movimiento me sente y todo estaba en movimiento la lampara de mi sala y las cortinas se eatabam meciendo | One user found this interesting.  
Bosques de jucutuma (80.8 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was in my bedroom, first slow movement in the floor, passed a few seconds of silence more strong movemeng in the floor, I feel fear and I moved to a corner of my bedroom | One user found this interesting.  
San Pedro Sula (88.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Sitting outside, it just started to shake for under 5 seconds with sideways motion, stopped for a few second then another sideways shake under 5 seconds. | One user found this interesting.  
Tela, Atlántida (38.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : I was resting in bed and then felt movement I’ll could see the walls and furniture shacking and the bed I was on no damage to the hotel I thought a gas explosion  
Sula, Macuelizo, Santa Bárbara, Honduras (148.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Sismo fuerte duró aproximadamente 7 segundos, ubicación Sula, Macuelizo, Santa Bárbara, Honduras. ABMA  
32 km of Independence, Southern District (136.5 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Se sintió un movimiento sísmico en la tierra de forma vertical provocando pánico en los alrededores  
San Pedro Sula (83.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Estaba en la sala de mi casa y desde el primer ruido salí corriendo a traer a mi hijo que aún estaba dormido un niño de 4años era como vibración a golpe  
Kismet beach bar (99.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sitting in the living room chair and felt 2 shakes. The second one had the building noticeably shake.  
Aldea Campo Mucula el Progreso Yoro Honduras (59.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : Me encontraba en reposo en mi cama al momento, sentí un movimiento involuntario por parte de la cama y las paredes, al confirmarlo con mi familia lo supuse.  
Colonia Satelite, San Pedro Sula, Cortes (86.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was leaning back on a chair and thoughti was out of balance when I felt the wall I had my feet up was also smoothly vibrating on the wall.  
La ceiba, Honfuras (86.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : Comenzó suave y luego todo se movió y se cayó una botella que tenia en la mesa, como estaba solo corrí hacia la puerta, pero parece que mis vecinos no sintieron, yo vivo en el tercer piso del apartamento, talvez por eso lo sentí más fuerte.  
Tegucigalpa (227.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Estaba en mi oficina, en un noveno piso, trabajando en una computadora y senti que mi mesa e movia hacia enfrente y hacia atras  
Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán (233.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Was lying in bed and just felt how the bed started shaking by itself. Lasted for approximately 10 seconds.  
West End, Roatán (100.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was sat on a pool deck. It felt as if somebody was running heavily past me | One user found this interesting.  
Puerto Cortes (54.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : It was very ROUGH surley and It was my first experienced and man was it scary. | One user found this interesting.  
San Pedro Sula (83.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : I was on my bed, and it started to swing from left to right. | One user found this interesting.  
San Pedro Sula, Cortés (86.1 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s : sounded like a truck passing by, same vibrations then a single shake side to side | One user found this interesting.  
Tegucigalpa (230.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : Estaba sentado en mi escritorio y me movía de lado a lado y el oasis de agua se movía también | One user found this interesting.  
San Pedro Sula, Cortés (89 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Fell a Shake while sitting on my chair, and was able to hear it. | One user found this interesting.  
Sandy Bay, Islas de la Bahía (99.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Standing in the kitchen and legs wobbled- felt building wobble, confirmed same by neighbor | One user found this interesting.  
Utila (63.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Whole house moving east to west | One user found this interesting.  
San Pedro Sula / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was sitting in the floor, then i feel i was movíng, but then i think; im crazy man. But one teacher (i was at school) Told us to leave the building, was amazing man, everyone outside  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Aug 3, 2022 09:31
16 weeks ago
3.5

1 km
Caribbean Sea, 38 km N of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, HondurasMore
Aug 3, 2022 06:09
16 weeks ago - felt
4.0

15 km
Caribbean Sea, 27 km NE of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, HondurasMore
Aug 2, 2022 20:25
17 weeks ago - felt
4.1

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 43 km N of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, HondurasMore
Aug 2, 2022 16:12
17 weeks ago - felt
4.1

1 km
Caribbean Sea, 19 km N of Tela, Departamento de Atlantida, HondurasMore
Aug 2, 2022 15:46
17 weeks ago
4.2

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 45 km NE of Puerto Cortés, Departamento de Cortés, HondurasMore
Aug 2, 2022 15:33
17 weeks ago - felt
4.2

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 38 km NE of Puerto Cortés, Departamento de Cortés, HondurasMore

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