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Update 22:17 UTC: The mayor of Nagarote says 6 homes collapsed due to this quake.

Update 22:05 UTC: Live TV from the area shows a lot of superficial damage done by both quakes (yesterday's and today's)

Update 21:57 UTC: Radio Nicaragua is reporting 2 collapsed homes.

Update 21:41 UTC : A new aftershock just happened but people felt it as weaker than the mainshock we are discussing on this page.

Update 21:24 UTC : damage is being reported in the National University of Engineering in Managua
- The Cathedral of Managua was slightly damaged
- Nicaragua seismological agency reported that the depth of the earthquake was 101 km, 1/3th less than the other reporting international agencies. Thius shallower depth can explain the additional damage, even with a deep earthquake.

Update : More broken water pipes are reported in Managua, Nicaragua

Update : a landslide is reported at the Xiloa volcanic lagoon (source RT)

This earthquake is not to be called an aftershock of the M6.1 earthquake who happened on April 10.
Compared to the 6.1 earthquake who was extremely shallow, this one is a normal subduction earthquake which should normally be called harmless. After the M6.1 however, this earthquake can also generate some additional damage

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11km (7mi) ESE of Nandaime, Nicaragua
20km (12mi) SSE of Diriomo, Nicaragua
24km (15mi) S of Granada, Nicaragua
30km (19mi) ESE of Jinotepe, Nicaragua
56km (35mi) SSE of Managua, Nicaragua

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-11 14:29:15

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-11 20:29:15

Depth (Hypocenter) : 151 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
PTWC Near The Coast Of Nicaragua Apr 11 20:36 6.6 115 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Nandaime, Nicaragua Apr 11 20:29 6.6 138 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua Apr 11 20:29 6.6 150 MAP
  • Huacas, CR - 30 seconds in total, first a moderate, then a stronger trembling
  • Granada - 2.30 pm local time 11/4/14
  • Tamarindo, CR - It was very long, more than 30 seconds
  • jaco, CR - no damage for us to see
  • Flaminogo, CR - We left the hotel just in case. Was here for the major earthquake in Costa Rica 2 years ago. Lot smaller this time
  • nandaime - mucho calor
  • Ciudad Sandino - I was lying in the hammock, and I just assumed it was an aftershock from last night, then it went on for thirty seconds.
  • Leon - Visiting for vacation from US. Leon twice Thursday, first very very strong, furniture moving, lasted many seconds. Second, small aftershock. Dizzy after first. Then today Friday afternoon another bad one.
  • Playa Potrero, Guanacaste, CR - Moderate shaking for 30 seconds. No visible damage.
  • San Juan del Sur - One of the strongest in years felt here in SJDS... No damage or any one hurt just lots of shaking going on. Wait for after shock.
  • Leon - We felt the ground shaking and everyone ran out of buildings but it passed fairly quickly
  • Santa Ana - Long and rolling, no shaking.
  • San Juan del sur - No damage noted, only light shaking and mild alarm from patrons, questioning if we should be concerned about tsunami.
  • Heredia - Light shaking
  • Danli - I felt the house shake and heard my front gate shake. It sounded very weird. My friends noticed a crack in their wall.
  • Granada - first earthquake i've ever experienced
  • Santa Elena - Quelques secondes. Pas de dégâts remaqués.
  • San Juan del Sur - First part was light shaking increasing to heavier shaking. A few seconds after it changed to a swaying feeling. No damage to our house but the glass on the windows was shaking violently
  • Managua - Some vases and glass-ornaments fell out of a shelf and broke. Also a mirror fell from the wall. There are some cracks in the ceiling. It was quite long, and it came in waves.
  • San Isidro de Bagaces - Een halve minuut ongeveer ging alles heen en weer, maar veel minder sterk dan in sept. 2012 toen het epicentrum dichterbij onze woonplaats was.
  • Punta Islita - De strandtent trilde ongeveer 30 sec
  • EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Apr 11 20:29 6.6 151 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nandaime, Nicaragua Apr 11 20:29 6.6 150 MAP
    EMSC Nicaragua Apr 11 18:17 4.3 18 MAP
    USGS Nagarote, Nicaragua Apr 11 18:17 4.4 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Nicaragua Apr 11 09:47 4.3 22 MAP
    USGS Carlos Fonseca Amador, Nicaragua Apr 11 09:47 4.3 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Carlos Fonseca Amador, Nicaragua Apr 11 03:26 4.3 10 MAP
    EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Apr 11 03:26 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Nicaragua Apr 11 03:26 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Nicaragua Apr 11 00:01 5.2 10 MAP
    EMSC Nicaragua Apr 11 00:01 5.1 10 MAP
    USGS Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua Apr 11 00:01 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO




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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) ?
    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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