Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 55 km north of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Wednesday, 12 December 1979 at 08:42 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 55 km north of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Wednesday, 12 December 1979 at 08:42 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 12 Dec 1979 08:42:17 UTC
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.282°N / 78.818°W (North Pacific Ocean, Colombia)
Nearest volcano: Cumbal (182 km / 113 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
23 km (14 mi) NNW of Francisco Pizarro (pop: 6,110) --> See nearby quakes!
55 km (34 mi) N of Tumaco (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) W of La Tola (pop: 3,770) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) WSW of El Charco (pop: 28,700) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) WSW of Iscuandé (pop: 4,880) --> See nearby quakes!
208 km (129 mi) NW of Pasto (pop: 382,200) --> See nearby quakes!
246 km (153 mi) W of Popayan (pop: 258,700) --> See nearby quakes!
281 km (175 mi) N of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) (pop: 1,399,800) --> See nearby quakes!
286 km (177 mi) WSW of Santiago de Cali (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
586 km (364 mi) WSW of Santafe de Bogota (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.133 kmnear the west coast of ColombiaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes):
  • 25 Dec 1979 03:25 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    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
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 24 Dec 1979 12:46 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Dec 1979 01:49 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 13 Dec 1979 04:20 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8768 km (5448 mi) distance
    | | Details

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