Significant 6.5 quake hits near Valdivia, Provincia de Valdivia, Los Rios Region, Chile
Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 21:5921:59 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred in the afternoon on Sunday 27 December 2020 at 4:39 pm local time near Valdivia, Provincia de Valdivia, Los Rios Region, Chile, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
6.5 quake 27 Dec 4:39 pm (GMT -5)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake. A third agency, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.8.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Valdivia (pop. 133,400) located 143 km from the epicenter, Las Animas (pop. 30,000) 145 km away, and Carahue (pop. 11,900) 154 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Date & time: Sun, 27 Dec 21:39 UTC
Depth: 26.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.331°S / 74.821°W
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)