1931 Nicaragua earthquake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
1931 Nicaragua earthquake
1931 Nicaragua earthquake is located in Central America
Managua
Managua
1931 Nicaragua earthquake
UTC time1931-03-31 16:02:19
ISC event906694
USGS-ANSSn/a
Local date31 March 1931 (1931-03-31)
Local time10:02
Magnitude6.1 Mw [1]
Depth15 km (9.3 mi) [1]
Epicenter12°34′N 87°27′W / 12.57°N 87.45°W / 12.57; -87.45Coordinates: 12°34′N 87°27′W / 12.57°N 87.45°W / 12.57; -87.45 [1]
Areas affectedNicaragua
Total damage$15–35 million [2]
Max. intensityVI (Strong) [3]
Casualties1,000–2,450 [2][4]
45,000 displaced [4]

The 1931 Nicaragua earthquake devastated Nicaragua's capital city Managua on 31 March. It had a moment magnitude of 6.1 and a maximum MSK intensity of VI (Strong). Between 1,000 and 2,450 people were killed. A major fire started and destroyed thousands of structures, burning into the next day. At least 45,000 were left homeless and losses of $35 million were recorded.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ISC (2017), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2013), Version 4.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  3. ^ Ambraseys, N. N.; Adams, R. D. (2000), The Seismicity of Central America – A Descriptive Catalogue 1898–1995, Imperial College Press, p. 235, doi:10.1142/9781848160118_0001, ISBN 978-1860942440
  4. ^ a b c Toronto Star, April 1, 1931

External links[edit]