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Event Briefing - Earthquake - Nicaragua - May 16, 2019


A magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 16:22:16 UTC on 16 May 2019 (10:22:16 local time), 45.9 km (28.5 mi) ENE of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua; 78.7 km (48.9 mi) E of Chinandega, Nicaragua and 75 km (46.6 mi) E of El Viejo, Nicaragua. Estimates from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) located the epicentre of the event (Figure 1) at 12.624°N, 87.856°W, and at a depth of 62.0 km (38.5 mi). Nicaragua was the only CCRIF member country where peak ground acceleration, computed with the MPRES model, was greater than 0.01g for this earthquake.

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