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. Compared to the size of the country, earthquakes occur with above-average frequency, but rarely with devastating damage.

Since 1950, more than 10,000 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 4 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

Other natural hazards in Nicaragua:
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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 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Nicaragua
  • June 2, 9:13 am
    Magnitude 4.3: near the coast of Nicaragua at a depth of 47.71 km.

Earthquakes in Nicaragua since 1950

Earthquakes in Masachapa 1992, NicaraguaThe strongest earthquake in Nicaragua happened on 09/02/1992 in the Masachapa; Costa Rica region with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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