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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 79 km southwest of Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 2:32 am (GMT -6) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 79 km southwest of Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 2:32 am (GMT -6) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 79 km southwest of Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 2:32 am (GMT -6)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 53 km depth

27 Nov 08:36 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
27 Nov 08:37: Now using data updates from EMSC
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27 Nov 08:54: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Sun, 27 Nov 2022, 08:42

Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.4 just reported 75 km southwest of Managua, Nicaragua

5.4 quake 27 Nov 2:32 am (GMT -6)
5.4 quake 27 Nov 2:32 am (GMT -6)
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake near Managua, Departamento de Managua, Nicaragua, was reported only 9 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 moderately shallow depth of 61 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 2:32 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 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake. A third agency, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.4.
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 Masachapa (pop. 5,000) located 28 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in San Rafael del Sur (pop. 29,800) located 39 km from the epicenter, Diriamba (pop. 35,000) 59 km away, San Marcos (pop. 23,300) 65 km away, Nagarote (pop. 26,300) 70 km away, Ciudad Sandino (pop. 50,000) 70 km away, Managua (pop. 973,100) 75 km away, Leon (pop. 144,500) 88 km away, Granada (pop. 89,400) 90 km away, and Tipitapa (pop. 50,000) 92 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 & timeNov 27, 2022 08:32:37 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 2:32 am (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude11.62°N / 86.746°W (North Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua)
Antipode11.62°S / 93.254°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt29 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoNejapa-Miraflores (72 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and cities31 km (19 mi) SW of Masachapa (pop: 5,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) SW of San Rafael del Sur (pop: 29,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
61 km (38 mi) WSW of Diriamba (pop: 35,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) SW of Ciudad Sandino (pop: 50,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
79 km (49 mi) SW of Managua (pop: 973,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (50 mi) WSW of Masaya (pop: 130,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) S of Leon (pop: 144,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
93 km (58 mi) WSW of Granada (pop: 89,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
131 km (81 mi) W of Isla de Ometepe Island (pop: 30,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 26.5°C (80 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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
5.053 km31 Km SW of Masachapa, NicaraguaUSGS
5.053 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaRaspberryShake
5.338 km32 Km Al Suroeste De Masachapa, NicaraguaINETER
5.060 kmNEAR COAST OF NICARAGUAEMSC
5.010 kmNear Coast Of NicaraguaIRIS
5.171 kmNear Coast of NicaraguaGeoAu
5.315 km57 Km Al Oeste De San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.RSN

Seismograms

Seismic station: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGUH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 277 km / 172 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.1-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (35)

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Managua (72.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : First light, then stronger shaking of the bed. Dogs barking | 6 users found this interesting.  
Managua (79.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Estaba por dormirme cuando lo sentí, vivo en un segundo piso y lo sentí algo fuerte y como se movía mi cama  
Managua, Nicaragua / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Very short around 2 or 4 sec but reportable while we were sleeping | 2 users found this interesting.  
Ciudad Sandino, Managua (67.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s : Very scared :( | One user found this interesting.  
Masatepe Nicaragua (70 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 20-30 s : I was sleeping and was woken | One user found this interesting.  
Nicaragua, Managua (78.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Little shaking of my bed an whole room (not to strobg, but feelable) | One user found this interesting.  
9.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / not felt : José bladimir mediana plasma San Salvador  
North Pacific Ocean (937.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Managua (74.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Nicaragua leon (89.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
72.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 30-60 s
San Rafael del Sur (6 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Granada (92.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : My mom feel the quake  
San Marcos Carazo (67 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Diriamba (61.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Estaba dormida sentí la fuerte sacudida  
San marcos (67.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short
Masatepe, masaya (72.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Estaba acostada y me despertó se escuchó tranquera la estructura del techo. Masatepe se sintio  
Managua (79.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : 1 solo movimiento fuerte  
Km 13 carretera a masaya (76.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s
Managua (80.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Estaba viendo tele y senti el tumblor y vi que la mesa se sacudia  
Ciudad sandino (74 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short : Se menio la cama  
Managua (71.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Tola, Nicaragua / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
managua DV naciones unidas / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s (reported through our app)
Managua / not felt
Managua jossy / not felt : Fuerte  
Playa Matapalo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Tola / not felt : Bed shaking noticably. (reported through our app)  
Managua / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating
Dolores Carazo / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : El temblor se sintió muy fuerte , sonó las paredes de la casa, los perros del barrio ahullaron  
Leon, Nicaragua / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (8 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 14, 2023 02:43
3 weeks ago
2.6

39 km
North Pacific Ocean, 77 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Dec 29, 2022 08:36
5 weeks ago
2.9

39 km
North Pacific Ocean, 78 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Dec 16, 2022 19:58
7 weeks ago
3.6

36 km
North Pacific Ocean, 46 km SW of San Rafael del Sur, NicaraguaMore
Dec 16, 2022 05:39
7 weeks ago
2.0

37 km
North Pacific Ocean, 70 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Dec 5, 2022 06:02
9 weeks ago
2.8

35 km
North Pacific Ocean, 83 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Nov 28, 2022 20:05
10 weeks ago
3.2

34 km
North Pacific Ocean, 77 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Nov 28, 2022 05:58
10 weeks ago
2.5

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 76 km SW of Managua, NicaraguaMore
Nov 27, 2022 11:08
10 weeks ago - felt
4.2

36 km
North Pacific Ocean, 41 km SW of San Rafael del Sur, NicaraguaMore

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