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Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Near Coast of Ecuador on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at 14:22 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake  - Near Coast of Ecuador on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at 14:22 (GMT)
31 Jan 14:30 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Jan 31 16:02: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.4.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 24.0 km.
Date & time: 2017-01-31 02:22:41 UTC
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 24.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.76°N / 79.64°W (Ecuador)
Nearest volcano: Cuicocha (144 km / 89 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
22 km (14 mi) S of Esmeraldas (pop: 165,200)
45 km (28 mi) NE of Muisne (pop: 13,400)
51 km (32 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate (pop: 42,100)
89 km (55 mi) NE of Pedernales (pop: 6,000)
124 km (77 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados (pop: 200,400)
166 km (103 mi) NW of Quito (pop: 1,399,800)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
2017-01-31 14:22:41 UTCM 5.4 / 24 kmNear Coast of EcuadorGFZ
2017-01-31 14:22:42 UTCM 5.0 / 40 kmNEAR COAST OF ECUADOREMSC
2017-01-31 14:22:38 UTC
2017-01-31 09:22:38 -05:00
M 5.5 / 10 km25km S of Propicia, EcuadorUSGS

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(shakemap: USGS)

User reports for this quake (17)

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Quito Cumbaya / Weak shaking (MMI III)
23.1 km N of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Quito / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Ibarra / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : 2 people. I did not notice it until my daughter told me.
Universidad tecnica estatal de Quevedo (198.1 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Se movio la Facultad (reported through our app)
Equador / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Give it to me senpai...right up there...
Quito / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Cotacachi / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I live on the second floor and I felt my apartment swaying and saw the electrical lines move as well.
163.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : De cuantos grados en la escala Richter fue? (reported through our app)
Quito (165.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Ibarra / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt like a big truck passing by, with some of the wall decor moving
Quito (166 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
151.3 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Santo Domingo de los tsachilas (147.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
164.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
quito (165.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Quito (Ecuador, 163 km SE of epicenter) : Mouvement faible longue periode assez court ressenti au 7eme etage. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.4 quake Near Coast of Ecuador 2017-01-31 14:22 UTC

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Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Near Coast of Ecuador on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at 14:22 (GMT)

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