Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 103 km northwest of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Thursday, 13 December 1979 at 05:37 (GMT)

Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 103 km northwest of Tumaco, Narino, Colombia, on Thursday, 13 December 1979 at 05:37 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 13 Dec 1979 05:37:47 UTC
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.614°N / 79.215°W (North Pacific Ocean, Colombia)
Nearest volcano: Cumbal (238 km / 148 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
79 km (49 mi) NW of Francisco Pizarro (pop: 6,110) --> See nearby quakes!
103 km (64 mi) NNW of Tumaco (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) W of El Charco (pop: 28,700) --> See nearby quakes!
265 km (165 mi) NW of Pasto (pop: 382,200) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) WSW of Buenaventura (pop: 240,400) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) W of Popayan (pop: 258,700) --> See nearby quakes!
298 km (185 mi) W of Piendamo (pop: 44,000) --> See nearby quakes!
313 km (194 mi) WSW of Santiago de Cali (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
325 km (202 mi) NNW of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) (pop: 1,399,800) --> See nearby quakes!
611 km (380 mi) WSW of Santafe de Bogota (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 5.833 kmsouth of Panama (Colombia)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (98 quakes):
  • 31 Jan 1980 07:31 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    28 km (17.4 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 26 Jan 1980 15:27 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jan 1980 04:09 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 02 Jan 1980 19:04 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 30 Dec 1979 02:09 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8812 km (5476 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 29 Dec 1979 22:08 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Dec 1979 12:46 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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