Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 77 km southwest of Chinandega, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 3:57 am (GMT -6) - 115 user experience reports
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An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 occurred only 12 minutes ago 77 km southwest of Chinandega, Nicaragua, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 57 km beneath the epicenter near Chinandega, Departamento de Chinandega, Nicaragua, early morning on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, at 3:57 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey, which listed it as a magnitude 6.7 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.6.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Corinto (pop. 19,200) located 64 km from the epicenter, El Realejo (pop. 6,200) 69 km away, El Viejo (pop. 53,500) 77 km away, Chinandega (pop. 126,400) 77 km away, Chichigalpa (pop. 33,100) 83 km away, Leon (pop. 144,500) 92 km away, and Managua (pop. 973,100) 157 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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