Nicaragua: Earthquake Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRNI006

Situation Report
Originally published


A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Disaster

On April 10, 2014, Nicaragua was shocked by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake originated in Lake Managua, in the southwestern region of the municipality of La Paz Centro in the Department of Leon at a depth of 10 km. Since then, constant aftershocks ranging from magnitude 2 to 5 have been felt throughout the entire country.

Another quite significant earthquake in terms of magnitude occurred on April 11, 2014 – measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 113.6 km. This seismic event originated 4 km west of Nandaime, Department of Granada.

Between April 10 and April 15, the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) recorded 400 seismic events nationwide, which took place in areas close to the Momotombo, Apoyeque and Telica volcanoes in the municipality of Managua in the Cociguina and Masachapa For its part, INETER has been permanently monitoring the behavior of this seismic activity, paying special attention to the active volcanoes in the country and reporting any changes. Experts from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States have provided their support.

In addition, seismological equipment has been set up in order to learn about the ground deformation caused by the seismic activity and to obtain further information on currently active faults.