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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Near Coast of Northern Chile on Sunday, 12 January 2020

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake  - Near Coast of Northern Chile on Sunday, 12 January 2020
12 Jan 11:31 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes.
Date & time: Sunday, 12 January 2020 11:20 UTC
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 39.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.83°S / 70.03°W (Chile)
Nearest volcano: Irruputuncu (154 km / 96 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
70 km (43 mi) S of Iquique (pop: 227,500)
141 km (88 mi) N of Tocopilla (pop: 24,500)
1406 km (874 mi) N of Santiago (pop: 4,837,300)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) [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
Sun, 12 Jan 11:20 UTCM 5.1 / 39 kmNear Coast of Northern ChileGFZ
Sun, 12 Jan 11:20 UTCM 4.6 / 57 kmTarapaca, ChileEMSC
2020-01-12 07:20:30 -04:00 (12 Jan 11:20:30 UTC)M 4.6 / 53.7 km67km S of Iquique, ChileUSGS
Sun, 12 Jan 11:20 UTCM 4.7 / 53 km66 km al S de Alto Hospicio (Chile)GUG (U. Chile)
Sun, 12 Jan 11:20 UTCM 5.1 / 11.3 kmNear Coast of Northern ChileGeoAu
Sun, 12 Jan 11:20 UTCM 4.6 / 80.1 kmNorthern ChileUSP

User reports for this quake (6)

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138.2 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
519.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Iquique Holiday Inn / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Fells like more than 4 while lying in bed. More than the one last week here in Iquique
Iquique (Chile, 63 km NW of epicenter) : 21 seconds long, nothing fell that I know of (reported through EMSC)
Iquique (Chile, 63 km NW of epicenter) : Harto ruido subterráneo (reported through EMSC)
Iquique (Chile, 62 km NW of epicenter) : Largo y Ruidoso (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.1 quake: Near Coast of Northern Chile, 12 Jan 2020 11:20

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 23 Feb 2020 10:44 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    28 km (17.4 mi) depth
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 21 Feb 2020 08:40 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    75.1 km (46.7 mi) depth
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Near Coast of Northern Chile on Sunday, 12 January 2020

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