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Light earthquake, 4.4 mag strikes near El Realejo in Nicaragua

Earthquake location 12.5374S, -87.2182WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was reported 5 kilometers (3 miles) from El Realejo in Nicaragua on Thursday. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 27/12/18 / 2018-12-27 08:22:12 / December 27, 2018 @ 8:22 am. The epicenter was at a depth of 116.46 km (72 miles). Id of earthquake: us2000iy08. Event ids that are associated: us2000iy08. The temblor was reported at 02:22:12 / 2:22 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -87.2182 West, latitude 12.5374 North, depth = 116.46 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Honduras (c. 7 989 000 pop), Nicaragua (c. 5 996 000 pop). Event epicenter was 39 km (24 miles) from León (c. 144 500 pop), 14 km (9 miles) from Chinandega (c. 126 400 pop), 85 km (53 miles) from Ciudad Choluteca (c. 75 900 pop), 15 km (9 miles) from El Viejo (c. 53 500 pop), 21 km (13 miles) from Chichigalpa (c. 33 100 pop), 77 km (48 miles) from Nagarote (c. 26 300 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Ciudad Choluteca, El Sauce, Nagarote (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fourty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity 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: 5 km W of El Realejo, Nicaragua.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -87.2182° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 12.5374° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 116.46 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 5km W of El Realejo, Nicaragua Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2018-12-27 08:22:12 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-12-27 08:41:30 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -360 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 298 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 0.227 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.41 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 144 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 us2000iy08 Id of event.
Event Code 2000iy08 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us2000iy08, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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