Massive earthquake near Sucre, Venezuela - Strongly felt on the Windward islands - August 21, 2018

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Update 10:02 UTC: So far EID has knowledge of approx. 20 houses/buildings damaged.


Update 23:26 UTC: unspecific damage is reported in Trinadad & Tobago and in Venezuela

Update 22:41 UTC: Shaking in an apartment in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela

Update 22:39 UTC: VIDEO from the shaking

Update 22:20 UTC: There is NO tsunami alert for this earthquake, we repeat NO alert Here the official notice

Update 22:16 UTC:  Initial reports were just 10-20 km which could have been noteworthy, but with 100+ there wont be any relevant tsunami wave (except something else got triggered, but I don't expect that)

Update 22:08 UTC: Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update 22:06 UTC: Due to the depth of the earthquake a real important tsunami is very unlikely. Strong currents cannot be excluded.

Update 21:59 UTC: Luckily the earthquake happened during daytime as during the dark hours most people are inside.

Update 21:57 UTC: Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled). 52,000 people will have experienced  very strong shaking.

Update 21:56 UTC: USGS shaking map showing a maximum VERY STRONG MMI VII shaking

Update 21:54 UTC: This is a real TRAGEDY for Venezuela which has already so many problems from his own. We believe that there will be serious damage near the epicenter.

Update 21:49 UTC: USGS reports a depth of 87 km (50 miles) which is weakening the shaking but it will be at least still strong shaking.

Update 21:44 UTC: we are still gathering data to determine the location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter.

Update 21:42 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-08-21 17:31:35

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-08-21 21:31:35

Depth (Hypocenter) : 121 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Yaguaraparo, Venezuela Aug 21 21:31 7.3 154 MAP
USGS Irapa, Venezuela Aug 21 21:31 7.0 87 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Venezuela Aug 21 21:31 7.3 121 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • St. James - Weak shaking
  • Bogota - Weak shaking
  • Cayenne - Le lit a bougé, le panneau du dressing ont vibré. Un ami à Kourou (à 60km) l\'a également ressenti. à 18h36 (GMT -3) heure de Guyane.
  • Sion Hill - Moderate shaking
  • sangre grande - Strong shaking
  • Couva - Very strong shaking
  • Port of Spain - Moderate shaking
  • Georgetown - Moderate shaking
  • Bridgetown - No damage. House and its contents rocked gently. Lasted about 2-3 minutes around 17:33EST.
  • Boa vista - Moderate shaking
  • St George's - Light shaking
  • Caliste - No damage, only noticed objects moving (including vehicle in driveway rocking slightly), windows rattling. About 60 seconds.
  • Wanica - Very weak shaking
  • East coast - About a minute or two
  • Bridgetown - Light shaking
  • Christ Church - No damage, lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Bridgetown - Light shaking
  • Georgetown - No property damage, extended skaking with only minor cleaning no cracking of structure. Could feel building rising lower in S wave
  • Parika, east bank Essequibo - Lasted About 5 minutes, no damages.
  • Kildonan - Moderate shaking
  • St. George - It lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Saint-Joseph - Light shaking
  • Wanica - Light shaking
  • St. George's - Light shaking
  • Le Lamentin - Faibles secousses, un peu plus fortes sur la fin. Environ 60s
  • Boa Vista - the shacking lasted 40 seconds. Nothing damaged everyone ran out of the apartment building
  • SAN CRISTOBAL TACHIRA - Strong shaking
  • Vieux Fort - Moderate shaking
  • Boa vista, Roraima - Estava deitada na cama hoje, 21/08/2018 quando senti a cama tremer como se um caminhão pesado passasse na rua. Achei que estava chovendo com forte vento, pq ouvir o barulho de terra caindo no forro da casa. Leva teu e se ti o chão tremer, fraco, nada que me deixasse tonta ou perdesse o equilíbrio. O tremor durou uns 20 segundos aproximadamente. Poliana Araújo jornalista de Boa Vista, Roraima, Brasil.
  • Le lamentin - 60 secondes
  • St michael - Light shaking
  • Rivière salée martinique - Mon lit a bouger doucement au début puis plus fort. Les objets on tremblé aussi. Nous sommes sortis par mesure de précaution et à l'extérieur la voiture tremblait. Le sceisme à été long mais doux.
  • Manaus - Durou menos de um minuto
  • St James - Approximately 30 seconds, pool water sloshing, table glass shaking, general swaying
  • Bogotá - Ik denk 20 a 30 seconden. Alles in orde verder. Mensen gingen wel de straat op.
  • Manaus - Weak shaking
  • saint laurent du maroni - entre 5 et 10 sec
  • Boa Vista - 5 minutos com o chão tremendo
  • Boa vista Roraima - No centro prédio maiores foram esvaziados. Grupos de WhatsApp está sendo usado nesse momento por pessoas que sentiram o tremor em vários bairros da cidade. Moro ver de 200 quilômetros da fronteira com a Venezuela e a Guiana ao norte do brasil.triplice fronteira. Sou jornalista e busco informações sobre o local exato do terremoto. Caso queiram entrar em contato. +55 95 991277007 Poliana Araújo.
  • Boa Vista - RR - Moderate shaking
  • Georgetown - Very strong shaking
  • Speightstown - It was about 5 to 10seconds or so. I was in bed and felt the bed started to vibrate and was unsure what was happening at first. No damage to the property that I am aware of.
  • Bridgetown - Bed shaking, doors swinging, trees swaying
  • Boa Vista - Moderate shaking
  • cayenne - à 18h36 à Cayenne environ 1 minute
  • Paramaribo - Moderate shaking
  • Bartica - Light shaking
  • Nickerie - Light shaking
  • Gross Islet - Lasted about 10 seconds Nothing was damaged. Just felt the whole house and ground shaking. It happened about 5:30 pm EST.
  • piarco - 20seconds approximately , no immediate damage noticed
  • Boa Vista - Todas as pessoas saíram para fora das estruturas físicas.
  • ducos - entendu juste les étagères à verre trembler fortement , un bruit d'une seconde a peu prés
  • St Lucy - Very weak shaking
  • Le Lamentin - Environ 2 min, secousse constante.
  • Arima - Very strong shaking
  • Manaus - Nothing was crashed, but was possible to feel the build balancing.
  • La Trinité - Assez long de près de 2 minutes mais de faible intensité.
  • Sainte luce - Tremblement faible mais ressenti
  • Bridgetown - No damage. felt 2 shakings. Bout 10 seconds long
  • Boa vista RR - Moderate shaking
  • Fort-de-France - grondement, puis vibration des objets sur les meubles Secousse non ressentie au sol par certains
  • Union Island - vibration de 60 s
  • Boa Vista - O tremor durou 1 minuto
  • St. Philip - Light shaking
  • Wanica - Rond 20-30 seconden schudde mijn bed en tassen aan de want. Ook dievenijzer deuren kwamen in beweging
  • nickerie - nee
  • Le Robert - Weak shaking
  • Boa vista - Weak shaking
  • sainte Luce - Moderate shaking
  • Schoelcher - Alors que j\'étais allongée sur mon canapé, j\'ai senti des vibrations dans mes jambes et j\'ai les lustres de mon salon bouger légèrement.
  • sainte Luce - ca a dure lomgtps
  • Manaus/AM - O prédio balançou, moro no 9º andar. Todos os moradores desceram as escadas e foram para fora do edifício.
  • Schoelcher - Les étagères ont vibre, ressenti la secousse pendant 1min environ
  • Fort de France - Debout devant l\'évier, je n\'ai pas ressenti le tremblement de terre. En l\'allongeant ensuite sur mon canapé, j\'ai eu l\'impression que quelqu\'un bougeait fort le canapé. Je n\'ai pas entendu de bruit d\'objets (verres) tinter ni vu de tableaux bouger.
  • KOUROU - une dizaine de seconde
  • Holetown - Stavo in spiaggia e ho sentito il lettino muoversi credendo che qualcuno lo stesse muovendo. Mi sono girato ed alcuneo persone si sono affacciate dal terrazzo spaventate
  • Le françois - Je regardais la télé et j'ai senti le lit bougé pendant de longues secondes. La baie vitrée vibrait et la télévision s'est mis à trembler. Pas de dommage apparent.
  • Fort de France - Light shaking
  • Ducos - 1 a 2 minutes
  • Le Lamentin - Moderate shaking
  • Rivière-pilote - Grondements,petites secousses sur environ 1 minutes 30 tout de même
  • grenade - Strong shaking
  • Vreed-en-hoop - No damages.. lasted 5 minutes
  • st. george's - lasted about 45 seconds, no property seen damaged
  • St Peter - Felt the sofa moving from side to side, ceiling fan swaying, lasted about 30 seconds.
  • Caracas, Municipio Libertador - Strong shaking
  • MARACAIBO - SE PUDO SENTIR UN TEMPLOR TIPO SISMO CON ESCALA 6.3
  • Cayenne - J'étais dans mon lit, et d'un coup j'ai sentis mon lit bougé,j'ai su toute suite que cetait un seisme.ca a durée au moins 40 secondes.aucun dégat.
  • Kourou - J'ai tangué environ 30 secondes sur ma chaise Les vitres ont fait du bruit
  • Kourou - J'ai tangué environ 30 secondes sur ma chaise Les vitres ont fait du bruit
  • puerto la cruz - temblor moderado al principio y luego sacudida un poco mas fuerte, con movimientos como ondas.
  • Caracas - Moderate shaking
  • Anses d'Arlet - assis devant l'écran de l'ordi qui à bougé de gauche à droite anormalement,ensuite mon siège très faiblement.ma femme dehors n'a rien senti et rien observé de particulier.les chats assis sur la terrasse n'ont pas bougé.Dès ce matin vers 10h00,l'eau dans les gamelles de chats vibraient.
  • RUIMZIGT - It was the first time we experienced tremors of this magnitude in Guyana. Ithe lasted about 5 minutes. People along the coastline as well as far inland reported feeling tremors of varying degrees.
  • Chaguanas - Vase fell of shelf. Water sloshed out of my fish tank and one of our actual water tanks.
  • Paramaribo - Zit buiten op de tuinstoel, voelde de stoel trillen. Zij tegen mijn man nog dat het lijkt of er iemand aan de stoel zit. Was een raar gevoel in mijn benen.
  • Schoelcher - assise sur le canapé sensation de doux balancement.A duré très longtemps. Environ 1 minute. Tintement du mobile alors qu'il n'y avait pas de vent.
  • Ducos - Secousses relativement longues accompagnées de grondement.
  • MARACAY - Moderate shaking
  • Le Robert - Secousse longue mais faible ressentie en position assise. Aucuns dégâts
  • St. Michael - house and items swayed from side to side, as did power lines in my neighborhood. Lasted for about a minute long. No damage was done.
  • Basse-terre - Secousse douce qui a duré plus de deux minutes Aucun dommage occasionné
  • Sainte Luce - Very weak shaking
  • Ducos - Allôgé dur mon lit j ai ressenti de très faibles vibrations durant 1/2 mn.
  • Tucupita, Venezuela - Duró cerca de 3 minutos, todo se movía, el suelo se movía como ondas, las plantas se estremecían fuertemente. Daños en las paredes de mi casa, ninguna grieta que superara los 5mm de grosor. Y en el suelo e mi patio se abrió una grieta de cerca de 2 cm de grosor...

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    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.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    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) ?
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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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