Light earthquake of magnitude 4.9 reported 96 km northwest of Diego de Almagro, Chile
Tue, 26 Jan 2021, 14:2414:24 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred in the morning on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 10:50 am local time near Diego de Almagro, Provincia de Chañaral, Atacama, Chile, as reported by INPRES.
4.9 quake 26 Jan 10:50 am (GMT -3)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 1 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
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 Taltal (pop. 10,000) located 62 km from the epicenter, and Diego de Almagro (pop. 18,100) 96 km away.
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Date & time: 26 Jan 2021 10:50 am (GMT -3) local time (26 Jan 2021 13:50 GMT)
Depth: 1.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 25.87°S / 70.84°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Primary data source: INPRES
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