Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 05:18
05:18 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.2 quake 22 Jan 10:58 pm (GMT -6)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred only 14 minutes ago 63 km south of San Jose, Guatemala, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 12 km beneath the epicenter near San Jose, Municipio de San José, Departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala, late at night on Friday 22 January 2021 at 10:58 pm 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 European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake as well. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.0.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in San Jose (pop. 18,700) located 63 km from the epicenter, La Gomera (pop. 24,000) 80 km away, Escuintla (pop. 103,200) 105 km away, Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (pop. 62,100) 108 km away, and Amatitlan (pop. 71,800) 127 km away.
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Date & time: 22 Jan 2021 10:58 pm (GMT -6) local time (23 Jan 2021 04:58 GMT)
Depth: 12.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.37°N / 90.93°W (North Pacific Ocean, Guatemala)
Primary data source: INETER