Earthquakes in Masachapa 1992, Nicaragua

Earthquakes in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

Since 1950 more than 10000 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 4 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Nicaragua by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Nicaragua
  • Sept. 25, 3:30 pm
    Magnitude 5.1: 22 km north-northwest of Potrerillos, Honduras at a depth of ten km.
  • Sept. 25, 3:28 pm
    Magnitude 4.5: 17 km north-northwest of Potrerillos, Honduras at a depth of 18.45 km.
  • Sept. 24, 8:39 am
    Magnitude 4.2: 28 km west of Villa El Carmen at a depth of 72.71 km.
  • Sept. 24, 12:58 am
    Magnitude 4.6: 38 km southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador at a depth of 78.34 km.
  • Sept. 24, 10:19 pm
    Magnitude 4.5: 46 km southwest of Corinto at a depth of 61.27 km.
  • Sept. 17, 7:42 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 41 km southwest of La Paz Centro at a depth of 64.23 km.
  • Sept. 15, 11:30 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 81 km west-southwest of San Juan del Sur at a depth of 43.30 km.

Earthquakes in Nicaragua since 1950

Earthquakes in Masachapa 1992, NicaraguaThe strongest earthquake in Nicaragua happened on 09/02/1992 in the region Masachapa; Costa Rica with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
11/24/2016Nicaragua 6.90
09/28/2016Leon1 km5.51
04/14/2014Managua, Ciudad Sandino12 km5.20
04/10/2014Nagarote, Managua6 km6.12
08/27/2012Off The Coast19 km7.30
03/31/2009San Juan Del Rio Coco34 km4.40
10/01/2004Chinandega, Leon1 km5.60
07/06/2000Masaya20 km5.47
09/02/1992Masachapa; Costa Rica2 km7.70
12/16/1985Rivas, Masaya36 km6.00
12/23/1972Managua42 km6.210000
01/04/1968Managua 4.60
05/09/1963Leon43 km5.50
01/24/1956Puerto Samoza 7.30
04/04/1955Managua 6.20
08/06/1951Gulf Of Fonseca (Jinotega)56 km5.50
08/03/1951Gulf Of Fonseca (Potosi)58 km6.00

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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