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Earthquake in Central America

Nature volume 145, page 24 (06 January 1940) | Download Citation



AN earthquake of considerable intensity was experienced on the Pacific coast of central America on December 5 just after 8.30 G.M.T., though no damage has been reported. The shock was recorded on practically all the seismographs in America; at De Bilt (Holland), where the preliminary wave" arrived just after 8.42; and at Kew, where a full complement of waves including PeP, SKS and SSS were readily discernible. The maximum ground displacement at Kew was 0·043 mm. From readings of seismograms at adjacent stations, the epicentre has been determined by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey to have been in the Pacific Ocean some twenty miles due east of Rio Suchiate (Guatemala).

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