Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 31 km north of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Wednesday, 12 December 1979 at 08:32 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 31 km north of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Wednesday, 12 December 1979 at 08:32 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 12 Dec 1979 08:32:04 UTC
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.048°N / 78.891°W (North Pacific Ocean, Colombia)
Nearest volcano: Cumbal (167 km / 104 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
20 km (12 mi) WSW of Francisco Pizarro (pop: 6,110) --> See nearby quakes!
31 km (19 mi) NNW of Tumaco (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
85 km (53 mi) N of San Lorenzo de Esmeraldas (San Lorenzo, Ecuador) (pop: 20,200) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) WNW of Barbacoas (pop: 7,630) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) WSW of El Charco (pop: 28,700) --> See nearby quakes!
202 km (125 mi) WNW of Pasto (pop: 382,200) --> See nearby quakes!
257 km (159 mi) N of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) (pop: 1,399,800) --> See nearby quakes!
305 km (190 mi) WSW of Santiago de Cali (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
405 km (252 mi) NNW of Puyo (Pastaza, Ecuador) (pop: 24,900) --> See nearby quakes!
605 km (376 mi) WSW of Santafe de Bogota (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.333 kmnear the west coast of ColombiaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (12 quakes):
  • 31 Dec 1979 23:07 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Dec 1979 03:25 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 21 Dec 1979 06:35 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 13 Dec 1979 04:46 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Dec 1979 04:20 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8776 km (5453 mi) distance
    | | Details

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