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Saturday, June 15, 2013

6.6 magnitude earthquake Nicaragua & tsunami report

Thanks to Larry Taylor, From the Edge Alerts for this.


From: GDACS <>
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:46 PM
Subject: Orange earthquake alert (6.6M,depth:10km) in Nicaragua (Managua) 15/6 17:34UTC, Pop100km:1.1m, tsunami 32cm: ,El Zapote - JRC

Orange Earthquake and Tsunami Alert in Nicaragua


On 6/15/2013 5:34:29 PM UTC (about 11:46h local time) an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 occurred in the unpopulated region of Near The Coast Of Nicaragua in Nicaragua. The nearest populated places are: [None].
It is likely that a tsunami was generated. The maximum tsunami wave height near the coast of El Zapote will be 0.32m. Please refer to the GDACS tsunami report for more details.
Potentially affected critical infrastructure:
  • Nuclear plants: [None]
  • Hydrodams: [None]
  • Airports: [None]
  • Ports: [None]
Based on an automated impact model, this earthquake, which occurred in a region with medium vulnerability to natural disasters, has potentially a medium humanitarian impact.
Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.
Event Date Univ. Time: Sat, 6/15/2013 17:34 UTC
European Time of the event: Sat, 6/15/2013 19:34 CEST (Brussels, Paris, Rome)
East America Time of the event: Sat, 6/15/2013 12:34 EST (New York, Washington)
West America Time of the event: Sat, 6/15/2013 09:34 PST (San Francisco, Los Angeles)
East Asia Time of the event: Sun, 6/16/2013 02:34 JTI (Tokyo)
This email report was automatically created by a computer at: 6/15/2013 5:44:55 PM UTC (10 minutes after the event)
See the GDACS website for live news coverage (including OCHA Situation Reports), the full earthquake report and tsunami report .
For information on emergency response, please consult the GDACS Virtual OSOCC.

Tsunami Event

It is likely that a tsunami was generated. Based on precalculated scenarios, the maximum tsunami wave height near the coast of El Zapote will be 0.32m.
A detailed tsunami wave height calculation is ongoing and should be available 20 minutes after this report was created. Results can be slightly different than the precalculated scenario. The outcome can be checked here: GDACS tsunami report .
tsunami travel time
Travel time map.

Earthquake Event


  • Source: World Data Centre for Seismology, Denver (NEIC) M
  • Magnitude: 6.6 M
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Location (Lat/Long): 11.699 | -87.047
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Province:
  • Region: Near The Coast Of Nicaragua
  • UTC/GMT (Greenwich time): 6/15/2013 5:34:29 PM
  • Estimated local solar time: 6/15/2013 11:46:18 AM
thumnbail poplegend
Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 5x3.5 decimal degrees (approx. 550x400km2).

Earthquake Impact Details

Potentially affected People

Population Data
Radius (km) Population Density (people/km?)
The population in the area of this earthquake is 0 people/km?.
The earthquake occurred at 11h local time. At this time a day, more people are at work and therefore more vulnerable to collapsing office buildings. During traffic hours, people can be affected by collapsing bridges and other road infrastructure.

Resilience and Vulnerability

Resilience is the capacity of the population to cope with a hazard. Since much of investments in earthquake preparedness and available funds for quick response is related to household income, the GDP per capita can be used as a rough indicator of resilience.
Nicaragua has a GDP per capita of 471 PPP$ (Parity Purchasing Power Dollar, about 1 Euro) and is therefore part of the low level income countries. Therefore, the earthquake happened in an area of low resilience.
Based on the combination of 9 indicators, ECHO attributes Nicaragua a medium vulnerability.
ECHO Intervention Priority Ranking for Nicaragua
Overall situation
Human Development hdi
Human Poverty hpi
Exposure to Major Disasters
Natural Disasters natdis
Conflicts conflicts
Humanitarian effects of population movement
Refugees and IDPs refugees
Health of children under five
Undernourishment food
Mortality rates under5
Other vulnerability factors
Access to health care phis
Prevalence of HIV, TBC and malaria htm
Gender-specific Human Development gdi
Gini Index gini
Source ECHO
Key: bad Bad - medium Medium - good Good - nodata No data

Secondary effects

Probability of secondary effects:
  • level Landslides: The maximum slope in the area of the earthquake is [unknown]% and the maximum altitude is [unknown] m. Since this is a unknown slope, the risk of earthquake induced landslides is unknown. Note, however, that the slope data is not reliable on a local scale, while landslides depend very much on local topography, soil and meteorological conditions.
  • level Nuclear power plants: There are no nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter.
  • level Hydrodams: There are no hydrodam facilities nearby the epicenter.


While we try everything to ensure accuracy, this information is purely indicative and should not be used for any decision making without alternate sources of information. The JRC is not responsible for any damage or loss resulting from the use of the information presented on this website.
Please refer to the GDACS website for subscribing or unsubscribing from the earthquake alert email or SMS service.
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