Very strong dangerous earthquake near the Nicaragua coast

Last update: March 2, 2014 at 10:56 am by By

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Update : The Nicaraguan press is reporting continuous aftershocks in the greater epicenter area

Update : It is estimated that tens of millions of people have felt this earthquake at various intensities. A lot of people will have been interrupted from their sleep. The reason that so many people have felt it is the depth of the hypocenter. At earthquake-report.com we know from our experience that earthquakes in between 50 and 80 km depth are being felt as strong up to several hundred kms from the epicenter. This is also the reason that we are receiving  “I Have Felt It” reports from all the neighboring countries (luckily without serious damage so far).

Update : The James Daniell CATDAT theoretical damage engine comes out below 1 million $ damage for this earthquake. This model is based on parameters like Magnitude, depth of the hypocenter and damage during historical earthquakes in the same region.

Update : Maximum shaking intensity as reported by USGS (agency with the highest Magnitude) MMI VI = strong shaking. We, at Earthquake Report, are estimating Strong shaking with max. slight damage and a minimal number of injuries. Let’s hope that we are right!

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Update : USGS reports a Magnitude of Mw6.4 at a depth of 70 km. This confirms our earlier estimate. As this is a typical subduction earthquake, the main movement may have been Up and down, aan earthquake movement which is less damaging than a mainly horizontal movement.

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Update : Due to the depth of the hypocenter, we expect that this earthquake might cause maximum some slight damage (based on the epicenter off the coast). This estimate is only valid if the current earthquake data will be confirmed.

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151 km W of Managua, Nicaragua / pop: 973,087 / local time: 03:37:56.0 2014-03-02
51 km W of Chinandega, Nicaragua / pop: 126,387 / local time: 03:37:56.0 2014-03-02
30 km SW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua / pop: 4,142 / local time: 03:37:56.0 2014-03-02

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-02 09:37:56

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 72 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua Mar 02 10:29 4.4 78 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Managua - We were staying at the Barcelo Hotel on the 6th floor when we were awaken by the first 6.4 earthquake. I suppose because of being on the 6th floor the shaking was exaggerated. Needless to day it woke us up and just as we were getting our bearings together to head out of the room it stopped. No noticeable damage here and everyone I talked to only felt it with no damage.
  • USGS Jiquilillo, Nicaragua Mar 02 10:29 4.3 75 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Mar 02 10:29 4.3 75 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jiquilillo, Nicaragua Mar 02 09:37 6.2 72 MAP I Felt It
  • Jiquillio - Was sleeping when the shaking woke me up. Was not concerned until the room started to making creaking sounds. Did not last too long.
  • Jiquiillo - Shaking and sound woke most people up, some slept through it. shaking felt more on second floor. Some reported items fell off shelves and a sink drain and cupboard came loose. No structural damaged was noted anywhere in the village. Fisherman reported very poor fishing that night
  • Monty's Surf Camp - Bed moving and shaking awoke me and roommate from deep sleep. We went outside, only few other people came outside. No damage that we could see. We were nervous as we were right on the ocean. There were 2 other tremors that night not as strong as the first one.
  • EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Mar 02 09:37 6.2 73 MAP I Felt It
  • playa gigante - I woke up to my bed shaking steadily back and forth in a North-South direction.
  • managua - Duration of 15-18 seconds, approximately 3:40am
  • Managua - Lasted 20-30 seconds.
  • Managua - Had to exit house with kids
  • Morazán - No hay daños. Aqui en Jocoro Morazán El salvador se sintió un sismo bastante fuerte que duró varios segundos.
  • Meanguera, Morazan - It seemed to last for minutes.
  • chinandega - se sintio fuerte por aprox 10 segundos ... nada callo al suelo, solo fue una sacudida
  • Ticuantepe - Moderate shaking felt. no damage at 3:40ish am
  • Ticantepe - Fuerte y vibrante de lado a lado.
  • Jinotepe - House and bed shaking for 30 seconds.
  • Managua - It woke me up. Very strong shaking.
  • managua - NO HUBO DAÑOS , TEMBLOR DILATO BASTANTE Y FUERTE
  • managua - se sacudió toda la casa,,,
  • Ticuantepe - Muy fuerte y muy rapido
  • San Jose, Costa Rica - Sounded like someone stopping hard on the floor above me then I felt the building swaying and a few articles in my room started shaking. It was about 3:37am
  • Managua - Moderate shaking for 30 seconds.
  • San Miguel - Se sintio muy fuerte y en dos ocaciones
  • Masaya - Salté de mi cama y mis mascotas estaban alborotadas. Duró un poco más de 20 segundos.
  • Managua - Se sintió un temblor fuerte y dilatado
  • masaya - tengo entendido que en algunas casa de la ciudad de Leon se dañaron las tejas de barro que cubren los techos
  • san Salvador - Was in a deep sleep and i thought someone was trying to wake me up! Nope looooooong earthquake and very strong shaking...
  • Jinotepe - Very brief but obvious shake
  • Managua - Whole family woke up. Beds and windows were shaking strongly. A short aftershock followed a few minutes later.
  • San Jose - I felt the shaking in my hotel room. I first thought it was someone stomping hard upstairs then I felt the building shaking and heard a few articles in my room moving. It was for about 30 seconds and it happened about 3:37am
  • Chichigalpa - me desperte sorprendida por el sismo, fue muy fuerte
  • La Paz - It was very strong but I still don't know if there have been any damages.
  • Conchagua, La Union - el techo de la casa, empezo a hacer ruido, luego la hamaca donde dormia, se movia mucho, duro como 15 segundos, pero por aca todo esta bien.
  • San miguel - El temblor fue muy fuerte!
  • La Union - Puertas vibrando y mucho ruido en toda la casa..
  • San Marcos - Primeramente solo escuche la puerta vibrar luego una sacudida despues un movimiento de oeste a este
  • Managua - Pues me quito el sueño, aun que no hay daño en mi zona...
  • La Union - vibraciones en las puertas de toda la casa y mucho ruido..
  • Conchagua, La Union - muy fuerte, el techo de la casa hizo mucho ruido, y la hamaca donde dormia se movia, pero todo bien al momento
  • San Vicente - I was sleeping, I have to woke up. And look for a safe place in my house in this case the yard.
  • Managua - NO damages but it was very strong
  • San Salvador - We were woke up about 3:30am with our bed in the shaking hard
  • Langosta - Woke up to our bed shaking back and forth, seemed to last 30 seconds to a minute
  • San Miguel - De mas de 15 segundos y muy fuerte.
  • tegucigalpa - Me desperto se sacudiobcama como unos 15segundos
  • managua - temblor suave pero me desperto
  • Tegucigalpa - It felt like if it shake again after the first time and woke me up.
  • Managua - DESPERTAR SUBITO POR MOVIMIENTO MUY FUERTE QUE SACUDE CAMA , MUEBLES,TECHO,SUENA EL ZIN, NO DAÑOS.
  • Esteli - Leve sacudida de aprox 5 seg
  • Managua - Tremenda sacudida, me recuerda las palabras de Jesus;y habrá terremotos en diferentes lugares.
  • esteli - Una leve sacudida de aprox 5 seg.
  • Managua - Y habrá terremotos en diferentes lugares... Jesús Sabed que está cerca a las puertas...
  • Tegucigalpa - Se sintio una sacudida moderada estando despierto mientras trabajaba sentado con la computadora
  • Jinotepe - No property damage. I awakened with my bed shaking at 3:38 AM which lasted for about 15 seconds. I went back to sleep and have no knowledge of aftershocks.
  • Managua - Gracias a Dios no hubo daños. Fue muy fuerte, sentí que mi cama era una hamaca o mecedora, aun toda la casa senti que era como un columpio, y se escucho la estructura del techo...
  • Managua - A Dios gracia, todo esta bien. Duró como 10seg. Fue tremenda sacudida de un lado a otro. La cama y la casa parecia saranda...
  • managua - it wake me up and stayed for few seconds with no damages at the hotel
  • Leon - woke me from sleep. didnt last long. no damage
  • Managua - Glass windows rattled and woke the family up.
  • Tilaran - Woke me up with the roof rattling, bed shaking. Ceiling fan moved a little.
  • Choluteca - hora:3:40 a.m. hora local
  • managua - a las 3am approx
  • puntarenas - The shaking woke me from my sleep and the lamp shade was shaking making squeeking noices.
  • la union - Fuerte el temblor pense que era Maremoto o la erupcion del volcan Chaparrastique
  • la union - Muy fuerte pense que era Maremoto o Erupcion del Volcan Chaparrastique
  • Managua - Wooden house swaying and bed shaking. Estimate 15 seconds duration. Awoke from sleep 3:40am.
  • Los Cedros - It started off with just the windows vibrating, which woke me up, and then everything started to shake . A few things fell off of some shelves. Windows vibrated again for 2 aftershocks less then 5 minutes later.
  • Ciudad Sandino Managua - woke up to house shaking. Nothing violent. lasted about 39 seconds
  • Tamarindo - I told my husband to stop shaking the bed. He said he wasn't so that really freaked me out. It was some where between 3:30 and 4.
  • Managua - The shaking woke me up, but I didn't realize it was an earthquake. I thought someone was banging on my window, then it stopped and I went back to sleep.
  • Managua - It woke me up, and I felt like if never going to end
  • Sabanagrande - No hubo daños
  • Managua - Woke up and felt my bed shaking vigorously for about 2 minutes.
  • Jaco - Woke me at 3.30am last night!!
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua Mar 02 09:37 6.2 72 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Managua - Woke up at 3:38 with the whole house shaking. Eventually stopped after about 20 seconds. No damage as far as I can assess. A few things knocked to the ground maybe.
  • Near Central Park - I woke with slight shaking of bed. Lasted only a few seconds.
  • Managua - Moderate but long shaking at 3:35-36am. No damages noticed thus far.
  • Playa Marsella - Shaking bed woke me. The house was shaking, window frames were banging. I have a tv mounted on the wall, it was rocking back and forth. Looked out the window, water was slopping out of the pool. Lasted about 30 seconds. I felt a second, weaker, shaking a few minutes later. I have concrete garden boxes in my yard...they have minor damage.
  • Managua - No damage. Building shook. 8 people woke up and was confused. Things on walls, shelves, and doors shook, but nothing was damaged.
  • Managua - Woke up to bed shaking. Lasted 15-20 seconds.
  • Managua - My two small dogs started barking and woke me up just seconds before my apartment started shaking . The shaking lasted about 30 seconds and was strong. This was my first experience with an earthquake. Still a little shaken!
  • Alajuela - El ovsicori no reporta el temblor pero por los comentarios aparentemente se sintio en casi todo el pais, fue muy fuerte y largo
  • Soyapango - sin ningun daño solo el susto
  • Managua - Was around 3:30am an the movement make me awake
  • Managua - Woke up to bed rocking mildly. Accused boyfriend of doing it. But it was an earthquake!
  • Leon - Woke up around 335am to the bed swaying and the doors rattling. Went on for about 15 seconds then stopped. About 1 minute later, we felt trembling and then a sway once again. no damage but the magnitude was very obvious. I even made a comment a few hours earlier about the sudden change in the pressure as it was very high and very hot, not typical for this time of year around Leon. Next concern is for the volcanoes and or possible tsunami activity.
  • San Carlos - Awoke to my bed shaking and a rumbling sound. All the neighborhood dogs were barking. The shaking lasted for a short while, then stopped. Felt an aftershock around 4:30 a.m. as well. No known damage around here.
  • Huacas, Guanacaste - I felt the earthquake around 3.35 am approx. Felt the sensation of light shaking for a few seconds
  • Managua - Woke up because my bed was shaking. Also heard the windows rumble. No damage.
  • Managua - Strong shaking eventually woke me up form a deep sleep. By the time I got up & to the door it was over. No damage in the vicinity
  • Managua - I am an American that was visiting Nicaragua. On March 2 at 3:35am my bed started shaking for about 5 seconds an the hotel room started creaking. It appears that there was no visual damage after the tremor ended.
  • Grecia - felt mild up and down shaking that lasted for less than a minute. then slight after shocks for 20 minutes after, we are far away from the quake but at a high elevation.
  • Managua - Panico total
  • Alfombra, Baru - Very short (3 seconds?). Roof and structure jumped. 11:29 PM March 3, 2014.
  • Aserradores - woke up to strong swaying of the bed and room minimal damage to walls etc... no injuries very scary

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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