ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Cartagena):

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General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-06 01:03
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 60.0 km
Maximum intensity: 3.2 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Necoclí CO 3.2 11000 25.4 weakly felt
Acandí CO 3.1 5000 30.1 weakly felt
Unguía CO 3.1 4000 42.4 weakly felt
Turbo CO 3.0 51000 48.4 weakly felt
San Juan de Urabá CO 2.8 11000 65.7 barely felt
Apartadó CO 2.7 86000 73.6 barely felt
Chigorodó CO 2.5 48000 91.3 barely felt
Tierralta CO 2.3 26000 109.3 barely felt
Montería CO 2.0 272000 130.5 barely felt
Cereté CO 1.9 56000 144.8 not felt

Current earthquake activity near Cartagena:

Due to lack of data no comparison with long-term trends is possible for this region.


Since 1960, 458 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.5 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 7.65 earthquakes larger than M4.5 per year around Cartagena. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 1.6 months (48 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Cartagena and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1974-7-13 7.3 12
1992-10-18 7.2 10
1976-7-11 7.0 3
1976-7-11 6.7 22
1992-10-17 6.7 14
1975-1-25 6.5 36
2000-11-8 6.5 17
1977-8-31 6.4 33
1985-4-20 6.3 38
1991-4-4 6.3 33

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.
If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.