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Mag. 2.9 earthquake - 36 km southwest of Escuintla, Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 08:25 pm (Guatemala time) -

A light magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit 36 km (22 mi) away from Escuintla, Departamento de Escuintla,  Guatemala, in the evening of Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 8.25 pm local time (America/Guatemala GMT -6). The quake had a very shallow depth of 1 km (0.6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Mag. 2.9 earthquake - 36 km southwest of Escuintla, Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 08:25 pm (Guatemala time) Mag. 2.9 earthquake - 36 km southwest of Escuintla, Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 08:25 pm (Guatemala time)

Light magnitude 2.9 earthquake at 1 km depth

28 Nov 02:28 UTC: First to report: INETER after 3 minutes.
28 Nov 02:35: Magnitude recalculated from 2.6 to 2.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 108.0 to 1.0 km (from 67 to 0.6 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 30 km (19 mi) towards SW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 28, 2023 02:25:06 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Nov 27, 2023, at 08:25 pm (America/Guatemala GMT -6)
StatusPreliminary (automatic detection)
Magnitude2.9
Depth1.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude14.027°N / 90.955°W Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala
Also near: El Salvador 95 km (59 mi) away
Seismic antipode14.027°S / 89.045°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceINETER
Nearest volcanoFuego (50 km / 31 mi)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 27.7°C (82 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from N
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 x 109 joules (392 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.338 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is La Gomera, a town with 24,000 inhabitants in Guatemala, in 12.3 km (8 mi) distance northwest of the epicenter. People likely experienced weak shaking there. In the capital of  Guatemala, Guatemala, 83 km (52 mi) away from the epicenter, the earthquake could not be felt.
The following table shows some of the places that might have been affected (or not) by the shaking.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
12 km (8 mi)
NW of epicenter
La Gomera
(pop: 24,000)
III: Weak
Departamento de Escuintla
18 km (11 mi)
SE of epicenter
San Jose
(pop: 18,700)
II: Very weak
Municipio de San José, Departamento de Escuintla
23 km (14 mi)
N of epicenter
La Democracia
(pop: 5,480)
II: Very weak
Departamento de Escuintla
23 km (14 mi)
NE of epicenter
Masagua
(pop: 10,000)
II: Very weak
Departamento de Escuintla
29 km (18 mi)
E of epicenter
Iztapa
(pop: 4,020)
II: Very weak
Departamento de Escuintla
35 km (22 mi)
N of epicenter
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa
(pop: 112,800)
II: Very weak
Santa Lucia Cotzulmalguapa, Departamento de Escuintla
36 km (22 mi)
NE of epicenter
Escuintla
(pop: 103,200)
II: Very weak
Departamento de Escuintla
40 km (25 mi)
NE of epicenter
Guanagazapa
(pop: 2,840)
II: Very weak
Departamento de Escuintla
42 km (26 mi)
NW of epicenter
Concepcion
(pop: 11,100)
II: Very weak
Municipio de Nueva Concepcion, Departamento de Escuintla
50 km (31 mi)
NE of epicenter
Palin
(pop: 31,300)
I: Not felt
Palin, Departamento de Escuintla
52 km (32 mi)
NW of epicenter
Pueblo Nuevo
(pop: 18,200)
I: Not felt
Municipality of Tiquisate, Departamento de Escuintla
54 km (33 mi)
N of epicenter
Alotenango
(pop: 17,400)
I: Not felt
Sacatepéquez
54 km (34 mi)
NW of epicenter
Santa Barbara
(pop: 17,200)
I: Not felt
Suchitepeque
58 km (36 mi)
NE of epicenter
Santa Maria
(pop: 15,500)
I: Not felt
Municipio de Santa Maria de Jesus, Sacatepéquez
59 km (37 mi)
N of epicenter
Ciudad Vieja
(pop: 30,200)
I: Not felt
Sacatepéquez
61 km (38 mi)
NE of epicenter
Amatitlan
(pop: 71,800)
I: Not felt
Municipio de Amatitlan, Guatemala
67 km (42 mi)
N of epicenter
San Andres Itzapa
(pop: 25,000)
I: Not felt
Municipio de San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango
67 km (42 mi)
N of epicenter
Patzicia
(pop: 16,500)
I: Not felt
Municipio de Patzicía, Chimaltenango
68 km (42 mi)
NE of epicenter
Petapa
(pop: 141,500)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
68 km (42 mi)
NE of epicenter
Villa Canales
(pop: 122,200)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
68 km (42 mi)
NE of epicenter
Villa Nueva
(pop: 406,800)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
70 km (43 mi)
NW of epicenter
Chicacao
(pop: 20,400)
I: Not felt
Suchitepeque
71 km (44 mi)
N of epicenter
Tejar
(pop: 15,800)
I: Not felt
Chimaltenango
71 km (44 mi)
NE of epicenter
Barberena
(pop: 30,500)
I: Not felt
Santa Rosa
73 km (45 mi)
N of epicenter
Sumpango
(pop: 20,900)
I: Not felt
Sacatepéquez
73 km (45 mi)
N of epicenter
Patzun
(pop: 18,700)
I: Not felt
Municipio de Patzún, Chimaltenango
74 km (46 mi)
NE of epicenter
Fraijanes
(pop: 28,500)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
74 km (46 mi)
NE of epicenter
Santiago Sacatepéquez
(pop: 24,200)
I: Not felt
Sacatepéquez
74 km (46 mi)
NW of epicenter
Santiago Atitlan
(pop: 33,300)
I: Not felt
Solola
77 km (48 mi)
NE of epicenter
Mixco
(pop: 473,100)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
78 km (48 mi)
NE of epicenter
Santa Catarina Pinula
(pop: 68,000)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
80 km (50 mi)
N of epicenter
Comalapa
(pop: 20,700)
I: Not felt
Chimaltenango
82 km (51 mi)
NW of epicenter
Mazatenango
(pop: 44,100)
I: Not felt
Suchitepeque
82 km (51 mi)
N of epicenter
Tecpan Guatemala
(pop: 22,000)
I: Not felt
Municipio de Tecpán Guatemala, Chimaltenango
82 km (51 mi)
NE of epicenter
San Jose Pinula
(pop: 47,200)
I: Not felt
San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
83 km (52 mi)
NE of epicenter
Guatemala
(pop: 994,900)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
84 km (52 mi)
NE of epicenter
San Juan Sacatepéquez
(pop: 136,900)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
86 km (54 mi)
N of epicenter
Solola
(pop: 45,400)
I: Not felt
Solola
90 km (56 mi)
NE of epicenter
Chinautla
(pop: 105,000)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
100 km (62 mi)
NE of epicenter
San Pedro Ayampuc
(pop: 46,800)
I: Not felt
Guatemala
Notes:
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

User-reports for this quake

There are no user reports for this quake yet.
At magnitude 2.9, this quake might have been felt very close to the epicenter and under calm conditions.
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User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.

Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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 Depth Time GMT
2023-11-28
Epicenter Agency
2.9 1 km
0.6 mi
02:25:06 23 Km Al Noreste De Sipacate, Guatemala INETER

Seismograms

Seismic station: Montecristo, El Salvador (SNET/SV network) | Distance from quake: 190 km / 118 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Montecristo, El Salvador: 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: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
Seismic station: COMITAN (CCIG/MX network) | Distance from quake: 281 km / 175 mi | Show on map | Station Info
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 2,100 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 7 or higher: 0.02 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 50 years)
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.52 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 1.9 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 4.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 32.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 130 quakes per year (or 10.8 quakes per month)
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 178 quakes per year (or 14.8 quakes per month)
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 181 quakes per year (or 15.1 quakes per month)
The area where this quake occurred has a very high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 2 quakes above magnitude 7 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 60 to 65 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

Map of earlier quakes in the area of this quake

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