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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 76 km west of Chinandega, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:44 am (GMT -6) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 76 km west of Chinandega, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:44 am (GMT -6) Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 76 km west of Chinandega, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:44 am (GMT -6)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 69 km depth

14 Sep 08:48 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
14 Sep 08:51: Now using data updates from GFZ
14 Sep 08:59: Now using data updates from USGS
16 Sep 22:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 67.1 to 69.3 km (from 42 to 43 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.8 km (1.1 mi) towards W.
Update Wed, 14 Sep 2022, 08:57

Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 63 km west of Chinandega, Nicaragua

5.1 quake 14 Sep 2:44 am (GMT -6)
5.1 quake 14 Sep 2:44 am (GMT -6)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred early morning on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022, at 2:44 am local time near Chinandega, Nicaragua, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate depth of 70 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 5.0 earthquake. A third agency, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.1.
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 Jiquilillo (pop. 4,100) located 30 km from the epicenter, El Viejo (pop. 53,500) 59 km away, Corinto (pop. 19,200) 61 km away, Chinandega (pop. 126,400) 63 km away, Chichigalpa (pop. 33,100) 74 km away, and Leon (pop. 144,500) 93 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 details

Date & timeSep 14, 2022 08:44:35 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:44 am (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth69.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude12.5473°N / 87.8284°W (North Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua)
Antipode12.547°S / 92.172°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt52 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoCosigüina (56 km / 35 mi)
Nearby towns and cities46 km (29 mi) WSW of Jiquilillo (pop: 4,140) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
73 km (45 mi) W of El Viejo (pop: 53,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) W of Chinandega (pop: 126,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
104 km (65 mi) W of Leon (pop: 144,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
171 km (106 mi) SSE of Sensuntepeque (El Salvador) (pop: 20,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
178 km (110 mi) WNW of Managua (pop: 973,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
183 km (114 mi) SSW of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) (pop: 850,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (121 mi) SE of San Salvador (El Salvador) (pop: 526,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
274 km (170 mi) WNW of Isla de Ometepe Island (pop: 30,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 27.1°C (81 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SE
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

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
5.369 km46 Km WSW of Jiquilillo, NicaraguaUSGS
5.267 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaRaspberryShake
5.262 kmNEAR COAST OF NICARAGUAEMSC
5.065 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGFZ
5.588 kmNear Coast of Nicaragua [Sea: Nicaragua]INGV
5.634 km46 Km Al Suroeste De Mechapa, Chinandega, NicaraguaINETER
5.472 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGeoAu
5.536 km87 Km Al Oeste De Leon, Nicaragua.RSN

Seismograms

Seismic station: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGUH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 178 km / 111 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 (54)

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Managua, barrio proyecto Bismarck Martínez (186.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Bed started moving and the walls were rattling | 5 users found this interesting.  
Aposentillo (51.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : In bed | One user found this interesting.  
Chichigalpa (88.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 minutes : Movimiento duro algunos minutos | One user found this interesting.  
mejicanos de El Salvador / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Siempre temor por estos movimientos telúricos y pido a Dios nos proteja a todos, lo sentí en El Salvador  
Managua / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short : Temblor rápido y algo fuerte | One user found this interesting.  
Ilopango, San Salvador (188.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Playa guasacate. Barrio bella vista (220 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Managua (187.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Masstepe (197.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 20-30 s : I was asleep but woke up due to shaking.  
Managua (177.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Ticuantepe, Managua (182.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
managua (176.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Managua (180.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Se movió toda la casa y sonó todo.  
Diriamba, Carazo (184.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Managua (171.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
El Viejo (73.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Managua (172.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I feel scared my house go down  
Managua (164.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short
Ticuantepe, Managua (188.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Managua (185.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : Movimiento leve y un poco de ruido en las ventanas  
Honduras (119 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Me encontraba acostada, de pronto se movió la cama  
Honduras (119 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Me encontraba acostada, de pronto se movió la cama  
Managua, Nicaragua (181.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Barrio memorial Sandino (176.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / 5-10 s
Managua (174.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : como mesido  
León, Nicaragua (104.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : En casa, acostado, Sacudida y estruendo en paredes.  
Mana (176.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
El Corpus Choluteca (119.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Chinandega (77.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : St my room  
Managua (176.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Managua (167.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (43 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Nov 13, 2022 02:01
3 weeks ago
3.0

42 km
North Pacific Ocean, 71 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 8, 2022 10:45
4 weeks ago
2.3

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 76 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 8, 2022 09:02
4 weeks ago
3.0

32 km
North Pacific Ocean, 89 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 8, 2022 02:42
4 weeks ago
2.4

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 98 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 5, 2022 22:05
4 weeks ago
2.8

100 km
North Pacific Ocean, 66 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 4, 2022 22:27
4 weeks ago
2.8

36 km
North Pacific Ocean, El Salvador, 99 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 2, 2022 05:25
5 weeks ago
3.5

27 km
North Pacific Ocean, 99 km W of El Viejo, Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Nov 1, 2022 20:09
5 weeks ago
3.5

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 76 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 31, 2022 19:29
5 weeks ago
3.6

31 km
North Pacific Ocean, 75 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 31, 2022 18:06
5 weeks ago
3.1

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 100 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 30, 2022 12:45
5 weeks ago
3.5

28 km
North Pacific Ocean, 89 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 30, 2022 10:57
5 weeks ago
2.7

31 km
North Pacific Ocean, 75 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 27, 2022 09:32
6 weeks ago
2.9

61 km
North Pacific Ocean, 99 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 27, 2022 03:53
6 weeks ago
3.3

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 68 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 21, 2022 13:00
6 weeks ago
2.4

32 km
North Pacific Ocean, 92 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 18, 2022 17:13
7 weeks ago
2.9

5 km
North Pacific Ocean, El Salvador, 87 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 18, 2022 03:58
7 weeks ago
2.7

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 85 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 16, 2022 07:04
7 weeks ago
2.8

36 km
North Pacific Ocean, 69 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 13, 2022 03:16
8 weeks ago
2.8

36 km
North Pacific Ocean, 74 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 11, 2022 18:49
8 weeks ago
3.2

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 73 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 10, 2022 19:12
8 weeks ago
3.0

34 km
North Pacific Ocean, 90 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 9, 2022 11:08
8 weeks ago
2.8

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 83 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 5, 2022 20:52
9 weeks ago
2.9

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 68 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Oct 2, 2022 02:16
9 weeks ago
3.5

34 km
North Pacific Ocean, 77 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 28, 2022 18:30
10 weeks ago
4.0

34 km
North Pacific Ocean, 67 km W of El Viejo, Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 27, 2022 05:37
10 weeks ago
3.0

5 km
North Pacific Ocean, 68 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 24, 2022 09:09
10 weeks ago
3.3

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 73 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 23, 2022 07:28
10 weeks ago
3.8

32 km
North Pacific Ocean, 98 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 22, 2022 22:29
10 weeks ago
3.0

32 km
82 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 21, 2022 08:12
11 weeks ago
2.6

26 km
North Pacific Ocean, 94 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 21, 2022 02:53
11 weeks ago
2.9

31 km
North Pacific Ocean, 80 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 20, 2022 18:25
11 weeks ago
2.5

29 km
North Pacific Ocean, 86 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 19, 2022 06:26
11 weeks ago
2.8

31 km
North Pacific Ocean, 76 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 16, 2022 22:05
11 weeks ago
3.5

40 km
North Pacific Ocean, 59 km SW of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 16, 2022 18:35
11 weeks ago
3.2

5 km
North Pacific Ocean, 99 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 16, 2022 01:44
11 weeks ago
2.7

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 81 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 15, 2022 17:24
12 weeks ago
3.9

48 km
North Pacific Ocean, 80 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 15, 2022 08:08
12 weeks ago
2.8

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 78 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 14, 2022 18:48
12 weeks ago
2.4

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 77 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 14, 2022 16:19
12 weeks ago
2.5

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 75 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 14, 2022 12:48
12 weeks ago
3.0

29 km
North Pacific Ocean, 80 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 14, 2022 10:34
12 weeks ago
2.9

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 80 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore
Sep 14, 2022 09:21
12 weeks ago
2.6

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 81 km W of Chinandega, NicaraguaMore

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