A light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 81 kilometers (50 miles) from Masachapa in Nicaragua. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake was detected at 23:17:23 / 11:17 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -86.8488 West, latitude 11.1312 North, depth = 10 km. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 22/12/18 / 2018-12-22 05:17:23 / December 22, 2018 @ 5:17 am. Id of earthquake: us2000iw76. Event ids that are associated: us2000iw76. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Santa Teresa, San Rafael del Sur (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Nicaragua (c. 5 996 000 pop). The epicenter was 91 km (57 miles) from San Rafael del Sur (c. 29 800 pop), 97 km (60 miles) from Santa Teresa (c. 5 800 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fifty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 81 km SSW of Masachapa, Nicaragua.
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