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Major mag. 7.6 earthquake - Near Coast of Central Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Major mag. 7.8 earthquake - Near Coast of Central Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Major mag. 7.8 earthquake  - Near Coast of Central Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015
16 Sep 22:59 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 5 minutes.
Sep 16 23:02: Magnitude recalculated from 7.7 to 7.8.
Date & time: Wednesday, 16 September 2015 22:54 UTC
Magnitude: 7.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.55°S / 71.54°W (Chile)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (23 mi) NW of Illapel (pop: 22,800)
60 km (37 mi) NW of Salamanca (pop: 13,300)
105 km (65 mi) NW of La Ligua (pop: 24,900)
164 km (102 mi) N of Viña del Mar (pop: 294,600)
165 km (103 mi) N of Valparaíso (pop: 282,400)
228 km (142 mi) NW of Santiago (pop: 4,837,300)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1016 joules (8784 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7.6 x 106 tons of TNT or 472.4 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Wed, 16 Sep 22:54 UTCM 7.8 / 10 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGFZ
Wed, 16 Sep 22:54 UTCM 7.7 / 10 km7.7 OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILEEMSC
Wed, 16 Sep 22:54 UTCM 8.3 / 25 kmW of Illapel, ChileGeoAu
Wed, 16 Sep 22:54 UTCM 6.8 / 3.1 km32 Km Al SO De Canela BajaGUG (U. Chile)

User reports for this quake (104)

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Valparaiso / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Very bad one. Tsunami alarm, it was frightening!
El dorado springs, Mo USA (7264.5 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Both my wife and I were walking down the hallway when we both felt off-balance and lost our equilibrium and had to steady ourselves. I felt nauseous and we both had to lie down for a bit. Checked the time and then this website, saw the quake and computed the UTC time to our equivalent time in this location and it was 2-3 minutes after recorded time that we felt it here.
34232 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Was sitting at a restaurant on pilings and felt a mild shake.
La Serena (182 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : It was like standing on a boat, everything was moving in different directions. You could her car alarms go off and things falling and breaking in the houses. It got all dark and the shaking kept on going for quite a while.
montivideo, uruguay (1477.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was sitting in a desk chair on the 17th floor of a hotel in Montivideo. My upper body involuntarily begun to sway sideways about 2 inches. Nothing else shook, nothing else felt, and no noise. I stopped my self from shaking, and it started up slowly again for a few additional seconds. Is this normal to feel this from 1,200 miles away?
alfred / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santiago, Lastarrias (226.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
santiago (224.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Parana Entre Rios / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Leve movimiento de lamparas y artefactos colgantes en la casa,y personalmente senti un mareo o malestar.
olmue (226.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Hotel W Santiago (225.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Santiago / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Santiago de Chile / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : More than one minute strong shaking with some lighter replicas afterwards.
la serena / Severe shaking (MMI VIII)
linares / Light shaking (MMI IV) : it lasted about 2 mins but the aftershocks are continuing.we have had about 10 so far.
Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentine / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
rosario pcia santa fe rep argentina / Weak shaking (MMI III) : oscilaban los colgantes y los ventiladores en el centro de la ciudad.. la gente de los edificios salió a la calle.mi primo en chilesito la rioja salio a la calle ,fue muy largo.... mi sobrino en mendoza capital se le movia el auto solo y la gente estaba toda en la calle..se sintio fuerte
Fiambala / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : it was difficult to stand, even beds with rockbase were shaking
santiago chile (185.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : my fiance was in santiago.. scared the hell outta her . stopped all traffic everyone was outside she said it was very very strong
san miguel, santiago (232.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Las Condes / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Nunoa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Nunoa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Nunoa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santiago del Estero (818.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Nunoa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santiago del Estero (818.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (1267.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
concon (153.1 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
olmue (226.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : very long shaking 2-3 min.
Rosario, Argentina / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Es horrible. En un punto senti una sensación fea en el pecho. Las luces tambaleaban de manera débil sin presencia de viento. Uno se mareaba cuando estaba parado.
Huasco / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Santa Cruz / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Extense
Santiago, Chile (225.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Lots of swaying in our apartment building and furniture still rattling with the aftershocks!
Santa Cruz / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Santa Cruz / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Santa Cruz / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Martinez, Buenos Aires (1258.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Martinez, Buenos Aires (1258.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Martinez, Buenos Aires (1258.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Mendoza, Argentina / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Strong shaking, people going outside. Lamps, fixtures shaking/falling.
ramos mejia, near buenos aires (1255.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I live in the 9th floor of an antiseismic building. I shook, celing lamps shook. several tremors that lasted 3 - 4 minutes, maybe more
cordoba argentina / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago (226.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
concepcion (598.3 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Ñuñoa / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Providencia, Santiago / Light shaking (MMI IV) : .
Los Angeles (661 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Valparaíso, Chile / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Maipu (229.6 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago, chile (222.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : very Longwave, as a roller coaster
Las condes santiago / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Coquimbo (Chile, 178 km N of epicenter) : This was a big one it shake for long time i was very much frightned (reported through EMSC)
Godoy Cruz (Argentina, 302 km SE of epicenter) : Fue sentido y dificulto el caminar en algún momento . hubo caída fe objetos liviano como adornos. (reported through EMSC)
Vitacura (Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : I was on a 7th floor. It was moving a lot for more than a minute. Lots of aftershocks. There were no damage either for office or to private house. (reported through EMSC)
La Serena (Chile, 185 km N of epicenter) : Fuerte movimiento, empezó sin ruido, solo movimiento, cada segundo mas fuerte, los autos se movian fuertemente, las plantas en el jardin se movian mucho, ventanas temblaban, era dificil mantenerse en pie, se sentia como balanceo en diferentes direcciones. Antes de que terminara el terremoto se cortó la energia electrica (reported through EMSC)
Córdoba (Argentina, 702 km E of epicenter) : Se generó movimiento en elagua de la piscina desbordandose un poco. (reported through EMSC)
Valdivia (Chile, 927 km S of epicenter) : Government alerts going out saying there is a Tsunami me warning (reported through EMSC)
Concepcion (Chile, 598 km S of epicenter) : Mercalli 5.0 (reported through EMSC)
Providencia (Chile, 227 km SE of epicenter) : Muy fuerte......2 minutos .... (reported through EMSC)
Santiago (Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : Había vuelto con mi familia de una celebración del aniversario patrio en la escuela de mis hijos. Estaba reparando un artefacto electrónico cuando comenzó el movimiento; vivo en un segundo piso de departamentos; el movimiento fue de oeste a este, y se incrementó. Mis vecinos estaban aterrados y gritaban. Nos reunimos todos a la entrada del departamento y esperamos a que terminara de temblar. Dos veces tuvimos que vivir esta situación, lo que coincidió con las dos magnitudes más altas percibidas en Coquimbo: 8,2 & 7,0 Richter. (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : Evacuated the building, lasted a few minutes (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : The communications and lights didn't went out... (reported through EMSC)
(Argentina, 813 km E of epicenter) : Las luces se movieron. Pero fue muy suave (reported through EMSC)
Córdoba (Argentina, 706 km E of epicenter) : Fuerte y prolongado (reported through EMSC)
São Paulo (Brazil, 2621 km E of epicenter) : Here in Brazil we felt it, little moviments. (reported through EMSC)
Asuncion (Paraguay, 1541 km NE of epicenter) : We felt al the 7th floor of a building. (reported through EMSC)
Lanús Oeste (Argentina, 1280 km E of epicenter) : the movement make us sick. (reported through EMSC)
Funes (Argentina, 1028 km E of epicenter) : primer vez, preocupante. (reported through EMSC)
Córdoba (Argentina, 705 km E of epicenter) : duró alrededor de un minuto. réplica más suave y corta hace minutos (20.25 utc -3) (reported through EMSC)
Concepción (Chile, 598 km S of epicenter) : Muy fuerte. 9piso (reported through EMSC)
Talcahuano (Chile, 588 km S of epicenter) : Dichato se retiró el mar (reported through EMSC)
Maipú (Argentina, 309 km SE of epicenter) : Oscillatory, long and persistent (reported through EMSC)
Mendoza (Argentina, 299 km SE of epicenter) : Fue bastante fuerte y sobretodo eterno (muy largo!). Parecia no terminar nunca. Esperemos que los vecinos chilenos esten bien! (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 274 km S of epicenter) : Too strong (reported through EMSC)
Penaflor (Chile, 235 km S of epicenter) : Muy fuerte, largo. Puerta de salida de la casa trabada, mucho ruido, Caída de objetos y dificultad para mantenerse en pie. (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Strong and long quake. Increased during the event, lasted for at least 2 minutes. (reported through EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Swaying, shaking was very strong & lasted for about 5 minutes. Still feeling effects of aftershocks 3hrs after initial 8.4 quake (reported through EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : 2 minutes of swaying everything. Computers, Lamps, Tables, Doors and Sliding doors, and every car alarm in the area went off. A bit nauseating after so long. The sounds of all the windows and most of the floor boards creaking let us know to sprint down 15 flights of stairs to safety after all was quiet (except our poor scared dog), after which we waited in a park to wait them rough then after shock, which, not-shockingly, was slightly lest drastic and half as short in length. About a minute. (reported through EMSC)
Providencia (Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Very strong, a couple of things fell from the shelves. Lasted for 2 minutes, loads of aftershocks (reported through EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : Holy shit (reported through EMSC)
Lo Barnechea (Chile, 223 km SE of epicenter) : un balanceo que disminuye o aumenta, continúa, sin ruidos que provienen de la tierra como en otras ocasiones. Efecto de movimiento y no de rugido. (reported through EMSC)
Coquimbo (Chile, 181 km N of epicenter) : Muy fuerte y largo ...el mar ingreso al centro de la ciudad ....desde lo alto podía ver las olas que tardaron una hora en llegar. (reported through EMSC)
Coquimbo (Chile, 180 km N of epicenter) : Stay clear of the coast evacuate to high ground alejarse de la costa ir hacia zonas seguras(altas) (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 162 km S of epicenter) : Muy muy largo (reported through EMSC)
Valparaíso (Chile, 161 km S of epicenter) : Fue un largo vaivén, no se detenía. Los postes de luz y semáforos se movían mucho. No fue sacudido como otras veces, fue fuerte y constante va y viene. Centro de Valparaiso, a los 10 minutos comenzaron a sonar las alarmas de tsunami de la ciudad y de los celulares, fue caótico el regreso a casa, mucha gente asustada y corriendo rápido en vehículo. (reported through EMSC)
Viña del Mar (Chile, 160 km S of epicenter) : From Minnesota where we don't have earthquakes visiting Chile. The 17 story building we are in swayed for at least a minute. It continues to sway with each aftershock. (reported through EMSC)
Con Con (Chile, 152 km S of epicenter) : I was at a busy veterinarian clinic in an old wooden building. Most people calmly went out to the street while things were falling and breaking inside. This one lasted a very long time and the aftershocks seem stronger than the big one in 2010. I was impressed by the overall calmness of most people. Just a few people outside kind of panicked. (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 145 km S of epicenter) : Lots of shaking. Went on for several minutes. (reported through EMSC)
Antofagasta (Chile, 886 km N of epicenter) : se noto enseguida que venia de lejos porque era un movimiento como de barco llegue a marearme sentado delante del pc porque fue mucho el va y ven la lampara colgante hasta el momento sigue con movimiento (reported through EMSC)
Rancagua (Chile, 301 km S of epicenter) : Continue (reported through EMSC)
Mendoza (Argentina, 298 km SE of epicenter) : Movimiento tipo "ondas" y todo el tiempo que duró (se percibió muy largo la sensación de más de 2 minutos) hubieron al menos dos picos con mayor fuerza. (reported through EMSC)
Rivadavia (Argentina, 283 km E of epicenter) : Difficult to stand. (reported through EMSC)
Farellones (Chile, 230 km SE of epicenter) : In contrast to other earthquakes, which are regular in Santiago, this one felt very irregular and aperiodic. It lasted long as well, continuously going into aftershocks. (reported through EMSC)
Providencia (Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Very long in duration, had its peaks during the event. The aftershocks are still coming in 10 minutes after the quake. (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Lasted more than 5 minutes (reported through EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile, 226 km SE of epicenter) : Swimming pool water swayed off the pool (8 mts long x 4 mts wide). 2 full wave lengths within the pool length (reported through EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile, 225 km SE of epicenter) : Huge one. The building was trembling like a boat. (reported through EMSC)
Pudahuel (Chile, 220 km S of epicenter) : I felt the eartqueak very strong in santiago of chile (reported through EMSC)
(Chile, 186 km S of epicenter) : Muy fuerte casablanca valparaiso (reported through EMSC)
Viña del Mar (Chile, 160 km S of epicenter) : It was very long two minutes at least, and followed by teo replicas now (reported through EMSC)
Quillota (Chile, 149 km S of epicenter) : Muy fuerte y muy largo (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 7.8 quake: Near Coast of Central Chile, 16 Sep 2015 22:54

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1826 quakes):
  • 17 Sep 2017 19:33 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    133 km (82.6 mi) depth
    |
    105 km (65 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 14 Sep 2017 07:04 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    12.1 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    324 km (201 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 08 Sep 2017 11:07 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    40.3 km (25 mi) depth
    |
    196 km (122 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 08 Sep 2017 03:42 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    115.2 km (71.6 mi) depth
    |
    183 km (113 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 06 Sep 2017 05:45 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    44.2 km (27.5 mi) depth
    |
    88 km (55 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 05 Sep 2017 07:41 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    55.1 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    235 km (146 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 05 Sep 2017 04:54 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    21.4 km (13.3 mi) depth
    |
    186 km (116 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 04 Sep 2017 10:10 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    62.6 km (38.9 mi) depth
    |
    260 km (162 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 28 Aug 2017 22:08 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    24.5 km (15.2 mi) depth
    |
    181 km (112 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 27 Aug 2017 10:29 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    32.1 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    62 km (39 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 27 Aug 2017 08:00 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    22 km (13.7 mi) depth
    |
    176 km (109 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 24 Aug 2017 09:13 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    35.2 km (21.9 mi) depth
    |
    341 km (212 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 24 Aug 2017 06:18 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    231 km (144 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 22 Aug 2017 01:28 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    32.2 km (20 mi) depth
    |
    117 km (73 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 21 Aug 2017 15:04 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    60.8 km (37.8 mi) depth
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    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 21 Aug 2017 12:02 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    94 km (58.4 mi) depth
    |
    226 km (141 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • Show all

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Major mag. 7.8 earthquake - Near Coast of Central Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015
 

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