Moderate magnitude 4.6 quake hits 59 km northeast of Santa Marta, Colombia early morning
Sat, 1 May 2021, 06:5506:55 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred early morning on Saturday 1 May 2021 at 1:36 am local time near Santa Marta, Departamento del Magdalena, Colombia, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
4.6 quake 1 May 1:36 am (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 4.6 earthquake 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 Santa Marta (pop. 431,800) located 59 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Dibulla (pop. 4,400) located 82 km from the epicenter, Ciénaga (pop. 88,300) 85 km away, Puebloviejo (pop. 13,500) 88 km away, and Riohacha (pop. 92,400) 112 km away.
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Date & time: 1 May 1:36 am (GMT -5) local time (1 May 2021 06:36 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 11.7°N / 73.92°W (Caribbean Sea, Colombia)
Primary data source: GFZ
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