Light earthquake of magnitude 4.6 just reported 42 km southwest of Illapel, Chile
Sun, 17 Jan 2021, 12:5212:52 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, was reported only 19 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 47.1 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Sunday 17 January 2021 at 9:32 am local time. 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.
4.6 quake 17 Jan 9:32 am (GMT -3)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.
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 Illapel (pop. 22,800) located 42 km from the epicenter, and Salamanca (pop. 13,300) 57 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include La Ligua (pop. 24,900) located 78 km from the epicenter, and Hacienda La Calera (pop. 49,100) 113 km away.
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Date & time: 17 Jan 2021 9:32 am (GMT -3) local time (17 Jan 2021 12:32 GMT)
Depth: 47.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.81°S / 71.57°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Primary data source: USGS
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