Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - El Loa, 70 km northeast of Calama, Provincia de El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile, on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 22:05 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - El Loa, 70 km northeast of Calama, Provincia de El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile, on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 22:05 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 112 km depth

16 Feb 22:09 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 140.0 to 112.0 km.
Date & time: Feb 16, 2020 22:05:44 UTC
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 112.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.97°S / 68.5°W (El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile)
Antipode: 21.97°N / 111.5°E
Nearest volcano: San Pedro (14 km / 9 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
70 km (43 mi) NE of Calama (pop: 143,100) --> See nearby quakes!
109 km (68 mi) NNW of San Pedro de Atacama (pop: 2,000) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (109 mi) E of Tocopilla (pop: 24,500) --> See nearby quakes!
260 km (161 mi) SE of Iquique (Tarapacá) (pop: 227,500) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) NE of Antofagasta (pop: 309,800) --> See nearby quakes!
300 km (186 mi) W of Villazon (Modesto Omiste, Potosí, Bolivia) (pop: 30,300) --> See nearby quakes!
390 km (242 mi) SW of Ciudad Potosi (Potosí, Bolivia) (pop: 141,300) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (244 mi) W of Tarija (Bolivia) (pop: 159,300) --> See nearby quakes!
432 km (268 mi) SSE of Arica (Arica y Parinacota) (pop: 186,000) --> See nearby quakes!
469 km (292 mi) SW of Sucre (Chuquisaca, Bolivia) (pop: 224,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.3112 kmChile-Bolivia Border RegionGFZ
5.2100 kmAntofagasta, ChileEMSC
5.291 kmChile-Bolivia Border RegionGeoAu
5.3130 km66 km al N de Calama (Chile)GUG (U. Chile)
5.2107 km70km NE of Calama, ChileUSGS
5.310 kmChile-Bolivia Border RegionUSP

User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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near La Paz (605.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Antofagasta, Chile, sector costero (271.8 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (41 quakes)

  • 16 Apr 2020 17:14 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    109.7 km (68.2 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 08 Apr 2020 11:54 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    132.7 km (82.5 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 08 Apr 2020 07:02 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    127.8 km (79.4 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 07 Apr 2020 04:56 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    120 km (74.6 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 05 Apr 2020 02:29 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    111.1 km (69 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 03 Apr 2020 01:40 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    118.4 km (73.6 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 02 Apr 2020 17:26 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    133 km (82.6 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 31 Mar 2020 16:22 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    126 km (78.3 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 31 Mar 2020 08:44 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    123.4 km (76.7 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 30 Mar 2020 12:47 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    118 km (73.3 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 25 Mar 2020 14:55 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    111.5 km (69.3 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 23 Mar 2020 03:27 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    118.1 km (73.4 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (8 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 22 Mar 2020 04:52 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    128.4 km (79.8 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (3 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 21 Mar 2020 22:46 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    139.3 km (86.6 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 20 Mar 2020 13:11 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    122.3 km (76 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 15 Mar 2020 14:36 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    124 km (77.1 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
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