Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Riosucio, Departamento del Choco, 88 km southwest of Chigorodo, Colombia, on Monday, 4 November 1996 at 17:24 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Riosucio, Departamento del Choco, 88 km southwest of Chigorodo, Colombia, on Monday, 4 November 1996 at 17:24 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 14 km depth

Date & time: 4 Nov 1996 17:24:57 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 14.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.306°N / 77.393°W (Riosucio, Departamento del Choco, Colombia)
Nearby towns and cities:
34 km (21 mi) WSW of Riosucio (Chocó) (pop: 7,160) --> See nearby quakes!
46 km (29 mi) ENE of Jurado (Chocó) (pop: 2,350) --> See nearby quakes!
88 km (55 mi) WSW of Chigorodo (Antioquia) (pop: 48,400) --> See nearby quakes!
96 km (60 mi) WSW of Carepa (Antioquia) (pop: 20,600) --> See nearby quakes!
106 km (66 mi) SW of Apartado (Antioquia) (pop: 86,400) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) SW of Turbo (Antioquia) (pop: 50,500) --> See nearby quakes!
197 km (122 mi) NNW of Quibdo (Chocó) (pop: 75,100) --> See nearby quakes!
234 km (145 mi) WNW of Medellin (Antioquia) (pop: 2,000,000) --> See nearby quakes!
300 km (186 mi) SE of Panama City (Panamá, Panama) (pop: 408,200) --> See nearby quakes!
473 km (294 mi) NW of Santafe de Bogota (Bogota D.C.) (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.314 kmPanama-Colombia border regionUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes):
  • 07 Mar 1997 04:13 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    58.6 km (36.4 mi) depth
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Feb 1997 17:31 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    55.2 km (34.3 mi) depth
    77 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Nov 1996 00:55 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    78 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Nov 1996 00:24 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Nov 1996 15:47 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Nov 1996 04:32 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    77 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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