Very strong earthquakes in Nicaragua – 1 death, 266 injured, 1500 houses damaged

Last update: April 22, 2014 at 11:16 am by By

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11.04.2014 19:21 UTC :
- 19 homes collapsed in Nagarote
- 3,186 people have been affected
- In Ciudad Sandino the sewage system has been broken.
- Landslides occurred in the Asososca Lagoon (this lagoon supplies 20% of potable w
- The hospital “Leon” has cracks on the walls resulting in the evacuation of the patients.

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11.04.2014 15:07 UTC: More than 1500 houses were damaged. The most affected towns are Nagarote (~ 700 houses) and Managua (~ 550 houses). Many dozens of people in Managua were displaced.

11.04.2014 08:10 UTC: 266 injured was stated by SINAPRED, the disaster management agency of the Nicaraguan government. A red alert has been called.

11.04.2014 08:06 UTC: Scattered reports of 266 injured people are coming through, however we are checking the original source before stating this as an actual number.

11.04.2014 07:51 UTC: 1 death has been reported in addition to 33 injuries (3 serious).
822 houses are damaged or destroyed according to latest reports meaning around 1500 people are likely homeless.

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 22.29.20 Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 22.29.46This quake was located approx. 50 km north of Managua. More than 100 houses were damaged, some of them collapsed. The most affected areas are the town Naragore (Leon Region) and surrounding villages. Damage (mainly minor) was also caused in Managua, where a landslide buried two roads. 3 people were injured by falling debris there, and many more altogether in Nicaragua, many more had to be evacuated, fearing additional earthquakes. Affected by evacuations is a hospital in Leon, where the quake caused cracks in plaster.
Power and water supply is interrupted in some areas.
Six aftershocks larger than M 5 occurred so far.

10km (6mi) W of Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua
34km (21mi) NE of Nagarote, Nicaragua
36km (22mi) SW of Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua
37km (23mi) ENE of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
44km (27mi) NNW of Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-10 17:27:46

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-10 23:27:46

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Larreynaga, Nicaragua Apr 10 23:27 6.1 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Nicaragua Apr 10 23:27 6.1 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Nicaragua Apr 10 23:27 6.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Nebaj - SCARY
  • Ciudad Sandino - Always when I am teaching!
  • Granada - No damage noted, all neighbors ran out into the street
  • Managua - Long shaking, things falling down, lost power and water
  • Managua - Moderate shaking, powerloss for approximately 20 minutes. Two replicas felt.
  • Léon - For me it felt between moderate and strong. I was sitting on the floor and first I thought 'what a heavy transport in the street' because the floor was trembling heavily. Next moment felt the building was moving from left to right.Just a few seconds ago we felt a light tremble after
  • Managua - No damage
  • Ciudad Sandino - Strong shaking at 5:35pm. feeling dizzy from the after shocks. Strong shake at 6:06pm. No property damage. We are about 10 km (6.2miles) from center.
  • Alfredo Lazo - solo senti el temblor no tuve daños materiales ni perdidas humanas
  • Jinotepe - fuerte temblor sentido en todo el pacifico y centro del pais aun hay replicas y se hasta el momento no se reportan victimas
  • Managua - Long and strong shaking,
  • Managua - I was on the 3rd floor of a dental office and we had to evacuate due to the movement. This shaking was the longest I have felt thus far here - maybe 30 seconds. Later, after we had gone back upstairs, the tremors from the aftershock made us leave the building again. No damage around here but this was in a new development. No phone service or water afterwards.
  • Boaco - No damage here. Power was out for about 30 minutes.
  • Managua - Un muy fuerte ruido luego se movía toda la casa - saliendo al patio el carro "bailaba" - duró unos 45 segundos... adentro de la casa marcos de fotos y CDs caídos al piso y en el cuarto las gavetas de un mueble se abrieron.
  • Managua - Forte
  • Managua - Earlier today the poles were swaying and you could hear a rumble. Several after shocks at least three.
  • Managua - It was really scary and loud
  • Managua - The walls in my house cracked, my neighbors ceiling collapsed.
  • Managua - No serious damage at work but some damage to a family member's home. One of the walls inside my cousin's house collapsed. My aunt has two walls that cracked. This was due to the 6.2 magnitude earthquake but it's been shaking on and off here in Ciudad Sandino and the rest of Managua. Some are mild and some are a little strong, where can I go to see a report of the magnitudes of all the seismic activity here in Nicaragua for today April 10, 2014?
  • Managua - I was driving home and was at km 9 Carretera Sur when the earthquake hit. The SUV started shaking and we had to stop. People were pouring out of the surrounding businesses all shaken up. When I got home every body was outside. Inside my home some items fell of the shelfs and broke. No cracks or other damage was noticed.
  • Managua - Well im at work and it has shaken twice this morning!! We`re getting a little scared!!

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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
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    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.
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    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) ?
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    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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