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Light earthquake: M4.8 quake has struck near San Jorge in Nicaragua

Earthquake location 11.3744S, -85.6664WA light earthquake magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 17 kilometers (11 miles) from San Jorge in Nicaragua. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 186.51 km (116 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -85.6664 West, latitude 11.3744 North, depth = 186.51 km. The temblor was detected at 23:15:22 / 11:15 pm (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 14/01/16 / 2016-01-14 05:15:22 / January 14, 2016 @ 5:15 am UTC/GMT. Unique identifier: us10004eds. Ids that are associated to the event: us10004eds. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Epicenter of the earthquake was 81 km (51 miles) from Masaya (c. 130 100 pop), 69 km (43 miles) from Granada (c. 89 400 pop), 88 km (55 miles) from Juigalpa (c. 54 700 pop), 86 km (53 miles) from Liberia (c. 45 400 pop), 82 km (51 miles) from Diriamba (c. 35 000 pop), 75 km (46 miles) from San José (c. 31 400 pop), 19 km (12 miles) from Rivas (c. 30 300 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Costa Rica (c. 4 516 000 pop), Nicaragua (c. 5 996 000 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was San Carlos, El Ayote, Santo Tomás.

There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days thirteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 17 km ESE of San Jorge, Nicaragua.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -85.6664° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 11.3744° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 186.51 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 17km ESE of San Jorge, Nicaragua Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-01-14 05:15:22 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-14 05:42:29 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -360 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 354 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.66 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.67 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 136 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10004eds Id of event.
Event Code 10004eds An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004eds, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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