Massive earthquake off the coast of Nicaragua - 1 death

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Update 09:56 UTC : A lot of supermarkets saw there goods on the ground

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Update 05:25 UTC: There are reports of minor to moderate damage in some cities of El Salvador.
- 12 homes were damaged in La Peña de Alegria.
- Some walls as high as 4 meters fell in San Miguel.
- The National Hospital San Juan de Dios was damaged.
- Landslides happened in various locations.

Update 05:18 UTC: The mayor of San Miguel, Luis Salgado,  is reporting at least 1 death due to a falling lamp post.

Update 04:45 UTC : Below the seismogram as recorded in Mexico

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Update 04:35 UTC : Local authorities have called a tsunami alert in Nicaragua and El Salvador

Update  04:29 UTC : Within a radius of 50 km of course no people living there
In between 50 km and 75 km : 77,000 people and within a radius of 100 km 970,000 people

Update 04:24 UTC : GDACS has made a theoretical tsunami impact calculation and mentions a maximum of 0.2 meter in El Carmen Nicaragua. It is however wise to stay away from the beaches for many hours.

Update 04:21 UTC : The earthquake was also well felt in all the neighboring countries

Update 04:20 UTC : The maps below are showing a very dangerous shaking in the coastal areas (yellow on the map). MMI VII or very strong shaking.

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Update : PWTC (Pacific Tsunami Center - not the local Central American ones) are mentioning NO tsunami warning or advisory

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Update : Although out of the coast, this earthquake has the potential to be damaging

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94km (52mi) S of Chirilagua, El Salvador
95km (59mi) SSE of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
99km (62mi) S of Usulutan, El Salvador
101km (63mi) S of San Rafael Oriente, El Salvador
167km (104mi) SE of San Salvador, El Salvador

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-14 03:51:39

Depth (Hypocenter) : 50 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 Oct 14 12:27 4.7 76 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Jiquilillo, Nicaragua Oct 14 12:27 4.6 35 MAP
EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Oct 14 12:27 4.6 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC Oct 14 04:39 7.4 0 MAP
PTWC Off The Coast Of Central America Oct 14 04:03 7.4 22 MAP
  • Monteverde - two champagne glasses fell off counter and broke
  • santa tecla - Temblor muy fuerte y de larga duracion
  • tegucigalpa - solo se sacudieron las celosias de las ventanas
  • Zaragoza la libertad - Fuerte
  • Santa Elana - No known damage but def entire house shaking for maybe 30 seconds hard to tell was a little nervous
  • guatemala - There was moderate shaking a a brief consideration to run to door arch for protection.
  • Manuel Antonio/Quepos - second tremor, power went in an out 15-20 seconds
  • Cuscatlan - Felts like the very good earthquakes oscilatory but it felt like ethernal one
  • Managua - Not my house nor my neighborhood
  • managua - se sintio una fuerte sacudida que duro al menos un minuto y dejo alarmados a todos los nicaraguenses
  • Leon - Was a very different feeling from the 2 strong earthquakes we felt in Nica earlier this year. Took a long time to develop and then lasted longer. As I exited my door, there was one strong jolt that moved the floor under my feet at the footings. All is fine as far as damage. The ground is still unstable feeling under my chair as I write.
  • MANAGUA - MANAGUA MUY FUERTE TEMBLOR
  • Samara - 20 sec good shaking
  • Jinotepe - There was a strong jerk with swaying lasting several seconds.
  • chinandega - slight damage to second floor roof structure
  • Montezuma - Light shaking lasted 5-10 seconds, no damage
  • Granada - My bed was shaking, but my husband continued to sleep. Happeend also in former earthquakes. Nuestra cama ha movido, pero mi marido continuo a dormer. Succedio tambien en terremotos anterior en abril.
  • Pavones - Small bed shake
  • San Ignacio - Woke me up, wasn't sure what woke me up but found out the time conceited with the time of the earthquake
  • USGS Jiquilillo, Nicaragua Oct 14 04:01 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Oct 14 04:01 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    WCATWC Off Coast Of Central America Oct 14 03:53 7.4 22 MAP
    USGS Chirilagua, El Salvador Oct 14 03:52 7.4 22 MAP
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Central America Oct 14 03:51 7.2 43 MAP
    USGS Intipuca, El Salvador Oct 14 03:51 7.3 40 MAP
    EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua Oct 14 03:51 7.3 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San Jose del Sur, Isla Ometpe, Rivas - I didn't feel anything but my husband sitting next to me felt it and my sister in law was woken from her sleep
  • Managua - Began with a slight rocking that lead to more violent shaking. No Property damage as of yet to report
  • Santa Tecla - Se sintio durante 30segundos muy fuerte
  • Managua - Was very long shake
  • managua - nodamagr
  • Chinandega - Strong shaking. Lasted at least a minute. I live in a quite sturdy house and I'm thankful I do. My neck is sore from how tense I was.
  • San Salvador - Light shaking, for about a minute.
  • Managua - No damage here, but other neighborhood are reporting being out of electricity
  • managua - lo senti muy fuerte
  • Managua - I wake up
  • Managua - Very strong. Everything was shaking
  • tamarindo - Deutlich im 4.Stock Appartment Hotel gespürt. Richtig gerappelt unter den Füßen.
  • Managua - It scared the shit out of me
  • Leon - Very strong for 20-30secs
  • san jose - 14th floor Holliday inn hotel. T.v shaked a little bit and curtains.
  • Jinotepe - Very strong! First it was weak but then my entire house started shaking like crazy...
  • outside Managua - Seemed to go on forever, two types of movement, stronger towards end. (7.4?)
  • Tamrindo - It started off very light and I did not think much of it. Woke the dog up and shook all of the windows in the house. Hope everyone is ok in El Salvador.
  • Bullet Tree Falls Village - Extremely weak, I thought that it was just a tree falling on my property but no tree fell so it definitely was the earthquake even tho it's so far...
  • Guatemala - It was a weak shaking, did not even notice it at first until my wife said something, but it lasted about a minute
  • Managua - The entire house was shaking strongly in what felt like a spinning motion. It started slowly, then lasted for a while.
  • Managua - 3 mins shaking not bad!
  • Las Penitas - Shook for a long time.
  • Antigua - 45 seconds? chandeliers swinging
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas - I was laying in bed and felt one slight jolt that did not correspond to my body movements.
  • USGS Chirilagua, El Salvador Oct 14 03:51 7.4 21 MAP


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