Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - La Rioja, Argentina, on Friday, 17 February 1978 at 17:52 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - La Rioja, Argentina, on Friday, 17 February 1978 at 17:52 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 139 km depth

Date & time: 17 Feb 1978 17:52:27 UTC
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 139.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.684°S / 69.084°W (Argentina)
Nearest volcano: Incapillo (92 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
86 km (53 mi) W of Vinchina (pop: 2,830) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (102 mi) WNW of Chilecito (pop: 42,200) --> See nearby quakes!
164 km (102 mi) E of Vallenar (Chile) (pop: 44,900) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (109 mi) N of San José de Jachal (pop: 21,000) --> See nearby quakes!
191 km (119 mi) SE of Copiapo (Chile) (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
232 km (144 mi) WNW of La Rioja (pop: 162,600) --> See nearby quakes!
322 km (200 mi) N of San Juan (pop: 447,000) --> See nearby quakes!
323 km (201 mi) W of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca (pop: 188,800) --> See nearby quakes!
433 km (269 mi) WSW of Tucuman (pop: 781,000) --> See nearby quakes!
1208 km (751 mi) WNW of Buenos Aires (pop: 13,076,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 5.0139 kmLa Rioja, ArgentinaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake La Rioja, Argentina, 17 February 1978 17:52 GMT

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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - La Rioja, Argentina, on Friday, 17 February 1978 at 17:52 (GMT)
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