Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 93 km northwest of El Charco, Narino, Colombia, on Saturday, 15 December 1979 at 20:01 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 93 km northwest of El Charco, Narino, Colombia, on Saturday, 15 December 1979 at 20:01 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 15 Dec 1979 20:01:50 UTC
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.905°N / 78.826°W (North Pacific Ocean, Colombia)
Nearest volcano: Azufral (239 km / 149 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) N of Francisco Pizarro (pop: 6,110) --> See nearby quakes!
90 km (56 mi) NW of La Tola (pop: 3,770) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) WNW of El Charco (pop: 28,700) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) N of Tumaco (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) WSW of Buenaventura (pop: 240,400) --> See nearby quakes!
251 km (156 mi) W of Popayan (pop: 258,700) --> See nearby quakes!
255 km (158 mi) NW of Pasto (pop: 382,200) --> See nearby quakes!
263 km (163 mi) WSW of Santiago de Cali (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
350 km (218 mi) N of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) (pop: 1,399,800) --> See nearby quakes!
560 km (348 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 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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M 5.033 kmnear the west coast of ColombiaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes):
  • 07 Jan 1980 00:33 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    19 km (11.8 mi) depth
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jan 1980 20:14 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    2 km (1 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jan 1980 04:00 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Dec 1979 05:50 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Dec 1979 06:10 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    7 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Dec 1979 20:37 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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