List of earthquakes in Nicaragua

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Notable earthquakes in the history of Nicaragua include the following:

Nicaragua Country in Central America

Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Managua is the country's capital and largest city and is also the third-largest city in Central America, behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes people of indigenous, European, African, and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish. Indigenous tribes on the Mosquito Coast speak their own languages and English.

Date Epicentre Mag. MMI Depth
(km)
Notes Deaths Injuries
1931-03-31 Managua 6.1 Mw VI 15 Conflagration 1,000–2,450
1951-08-02 Cosiguina 5.8 n/d n/d 1,000
1956-10-24 near Masachapa 7.3 n/d 25 km
1968-01-04 Colonia Centroamérica, Managua 4.8 n/d
1972-12-23 Managua 6.3 Mw IX 10 km Puerto Rican baseball star Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31 while flying to Managua with food and supplies (see: 1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash) 4,000–11,000 20,000
1992-09-02 11°44′31″N87°20′24″W / 11.742°N 87.340°W / 11.742; -87.340 offshore Nicaragua 7.6 n/d 45 km According to USGS:"Most of the casualties and damage were caused by a tsunami affecting the west coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, reaching heights of up to 8 meters. The tsunami ran inland 1,000 meters at Masachapa ." [1] 116
2000-07-06 11°53′02″N85°59′17″W / 11.884°N 85.988°W / 11.884; -85.988 5.4 n/d 33 km 7
2004-10-09 11°25′26″N86°37′59″W / 11.424°N 86.633°W / 11.424; -86.633 offshore Nicaragua 6.9–7.1 n/d 35 km
2005-07-02 11°11′53″N86°24′40″W / 11.198°N 86.411°W / 11.198; -86.411 offshore Nicaragua 6.6 n/d 27 km

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1992 Nicaragua earthquake September 1992 earthquake in Nicaragua

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