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Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Near Coast of Central Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Major mag. 7.0 earthquake - W of Illapel, Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.8 quake: Near Coast of Central Chile, 16 Sep 2015 22:54, which had occurred 24 minutes earlier.
Major mag. 7.0 earthquake  - W of Illapel, Chile on Wednesday, 16 September 2015
17 Sep 00:17 UTC: First to report: GeoAu after 58 minutes.
Sep 17 04:17: Magnitude recalculated from 6.4 to 7.0.
Date & time: Wednesday, 16 September 2015 23:18 UTC
Magnitude: 7.0
Depth: 31.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.587°S / 71.431°W (Chile)
Nearby towns and cities:
25 km (16 mi) W of Illapel (pop: 22,800)
49 km (31 mi) NW of Salamanca (pop: 13,300)
98 km (61 mi) NW of La Ligua (pop: 24,900)
160 km (100 mi) N of Viña del Mar (pop: 294,600)
162 km (101 mi) N of Valparaíso (pop: 282,400)
221 km (137 mi) NW of Santiago (pop: 4,837,300)
Primary data source: GeoAu
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Wed, 16 Sep 23:18 UTCM 7.0 / 31 kmW of Illapel, ChileGeoAu

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
São José dos Campos / Very weak shaking (MMI II)

Aftershocks of the 7.0 quake: W of Illapel, Chile, 16 Sep 2015 23:18

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3377 quakes):
  • 17 Sep 2017 19:33 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    133 km (82.6 mi) depth
    |
    94 km (59 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 16 Sep 2017 22:15 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    38.4 km (23.9 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 16 Sep 2017 13:23 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    112.7 km (70 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (54 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 16 Sep 2017 04:16 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    12.6 km (7.8 mi) depth
    |
    116 km (72 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 15 Sep 2017 16:13 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    45.1 km (28 mi) depth
    |
    85 km (53 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 15 Sep 2017 02:34 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    62.7 km (39 mi) depth
    |
    79 km (49 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 14 Sep 2017 02:01 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    48 km (29.8 mi) depth
    |
    93 km (58 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Sep 2017 18:36 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    38 km (23.6 mi) depth
    |
    78 km (48 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Sep 2017 12:56 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    26.3 km (16.3 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 13 Sep 2017 12:52 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    26.2 km (16.3 mi) depth
    |
    79 km (49 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 13 Sep 2017 06:08 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    44.3 km (27.5 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 12 Sep 2017 14:47 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    61.7 km (38.3 mi) depth
    |
    100 km (62 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 11 Sep 2017 06:55 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    20.4 km (12.7 mi) depth
    |
    111 km (69 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 10 Sep 2017 01:31 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    115.1 km (71.5 mi) depth
    |
    126 km (79 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 09 Sep 2017 04:50 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    30.3 km (18.8 mi) depth
    |
    124 km (77 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 08 Sep 2017 16:12 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    43.6 km (27.1 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • Show all