Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 55 km northwest of Ribeira Grande, Portugal in the morning

Mon, 11 Jan 2021, 13:07
13:07 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.0 quake 11 Jan 11:47 am (GMT -1)
5.0 quake 11 Jan 11:47 am (GMT -1)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred in the morning on Monday 11 January 2021 at 11:47 am local time near Ribeira Grande, North Atlantic Ocean, Açores, Portugal, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
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.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Ribeira Grande (pop. 5,200) located 55 km from the epicenter, Horta (pop. 6,600) 61 km away, and Madalena (pop. 6,100) 69 km away.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 11 Jan 2021 11:47 am (GMT -1) local time (11 Jan 2021 12:47 GMT)
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.66°N / 29.31°W (North Atlantic Ocean, Portugal)
Primary data source: GFZ

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