Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.0 just reported 47 km southwest of Ovalle, Chile
Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 04:1304:13 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
Just 9 minutes ago, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Ovalle, Provincia de Limarí, Coquimbo Region, Chile. The tremor was recorded after midnight on Saturday 16 January 2021 at 12:53 am local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 59 km below the surface.
5.0 quake 16 Jan 12:53 am (GMT -3)
The event was filed by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.4. A third agency, INPRES, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.3.
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 Ovalle (pop. 77,100) located 47 km from the epicenter, and Monte Patria (pop. 13,900) 53 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include La Serena (pop. 154,500) located 122 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 16 Jan 2021 12:53 am (GMT -3) local time (16 Jan 2021 03:53 GMT)
Depth: 59.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 30.99°S / 71.4°W (Limarí Province, Coquimbo Region, Chile)
Primary data source: GFZ
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