Erdbeben 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.

Other natural hazards in Nicaragua:

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Earthquakes in Nicaragua since 1950

The 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.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
11/24/2016Nicaragua48 km7.00
04/14/2014Managua, Ciudad Sandino5 km5.10
04/10/2014Nagarote, Managua6 km6.10
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. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).