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Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 85 km west of Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 14:23 GMT

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 85 km west of Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 14:23 GMT Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 85 km west of Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 14:23 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

15 Aug 14:29 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
Aug 15 14:30: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.0.

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 15, 2019 14:23:39 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude29.86°S / 72.21°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Antipode29.86°N / 107.79°E
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities85 km (53 mi) W of Coquimbo (pop: 161,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
93 km (58 mi) W of La Serena (pop: 154,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
127 km (79 mi) NW of Ovalle (pop: 77,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
201 km (125 mi) SW of Vallenar (pop: 44,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
221 km (137 mi) NNW of Illapel (Choapa) (pop: 22,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
332 km (207 mi) SSW of Copiapo (pop: 129,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
357 km (222 mi) N of Viña del Mar (pop: 294,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
358 km (222 mi) N of Valparaiso (pop: 282,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
362 km (225 mi) NNW of Quilpué (pop: 130,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
427 km (265 mi) NNW of Santiago de Chile (pop: 4,837,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
5.010 kmOff Coast of Central ChileGFZ
5.020 kmOffshore Coquimbo, ChileEMSC
4.610 kmNear Coast of Central ChileUSP
4.732 km60 km al NO de Tongoy (Chile)GUG (U. Chile)
5.014 km65km W of Coquimbo, ChileUSGS


Seismic station: Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile (LCO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 174 km / 108 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.1-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Aug 25, 2019 09:17
3 years ago

30 km
South Pacific Ocean, 428 km N of Santiago de Chile, Provincia de Santiago, ChileMore

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