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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - South Shetland Islands, Antarctica on Friday, 2 October 2020

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake  - South Shetland Islands, Antarctica on Friday, 2 October 2020
2 Oct 10:26 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
2 Oct 11:57: Magnitude recalculated from 5.7 to 5.8.
Date & time: Friday, 2 October 2020 10:17 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 2 Oct 7:17 am (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 62.29°S / 58.09°W (Antarctica)
Nearest volcano: Penguin Island (23 km / 14 mi)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds -5°C (23 F), humidity: 79%, wind: 7 m/s (14 kts) from W
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
2 Oct 7:17 am (GMT -3) (2 Oct 10:17:36 UTC)M 5.8 / 10 kmSouth Shetland Islands, AntarcticaGFZ
Fri, 2 Oct 10:17 UTCM 5.8 / 13 kmSouth Shetland Islands, AntarcticaEMSC
Fri, 2 Oct 10:17 UTCM 5.8 / 10 kmSouth Shetland Islands, AntarcticaUSGS
Fri, 2 Oct 10:17 UTCM 5.5 / 10 kmSouth Shetland Islands, AntarcticaGeoAu
02/10/2020 07:17:32 (2 Oct 10:17:32 UTC)M 5.7 / 10 kmTFAIAS (Argentina), AntarcticaINPRES
Fri, 2 Oct 10:17 UTCM 5.4 / 10 kmSouth Shetland Islands, AntarcticaBMKG

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3014.9 km NNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Me despertó el movimiento. Eran movimientos muy rápidos, nunca había sentido un temblor similar. | 2 users found this interesting.
  • Por cierto sería bueno si pueden observar cómo se comportan las brújulas por la posibilidad que les permitan anticipar los sismos algún tiempo.
  • Supongo que tienen un plan de evacuación caso de tener algún evento mayor,lamentablemente no hay información que permita discernir la naturaleza de lo que ocurre allí sin embargo es claro que hay un proceso que parece ir en aumento tal vez alguna surgencia o hundimiento si eso es la superficie de parte de un cono meteoritico fuerza y veremos si es posible determinar algo con los datos de hoy.
King George Island, Frei Station. / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Earthquakes here begun in the end of August. Today was the noisiest and the longest. We still haven't any aftershocks. I noted that statical electricity is higher in the base some hours or days before these earthquakes. | 20 users found this interesting.
  • Great info tnx
  • Perhaps is a slow earthquake, in this case you can wait for an important quake at the end of this serie.
  • Hello! I've only been using this app for a year or so.. Wondering if the earthquakes occur "regularly" or if they are a recent phenomenon. Full moon as well seems to stir them up lol. Have a good day!

Aftershocks of the 5.8 quake: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, 2 Oct 2020 10:17

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (18 quakes):
  • 18 Oct 2020 00:05 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Oct 2020 21:30 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Oct 2020 12:09 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | INPRES | Details
  • 16 Oct 2020 12:06 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Oct 2020 13:08 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | INPRES | Details
  • 13 Oct 2020 03:54 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | INPRES | Details
  • 12 Oct 2020 00:39 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Oct 2020 20:58 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Oct 2020 03:02 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    13 km (8.1 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (19 mi) distance
    | INPRES | Details
  • 08 Oct 2020 09:02 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Oct 2020 12:36 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    37 km (23 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Oct 2020 13:56 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Oct 2020 08:01 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Oct 2020 19:01 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Oct 2020 13:56 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | INPRES | Details
  • 03 Oct 2020 18:37 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Oct 2020 16:26 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    5.1 km (3.2 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Oct 2020 12:37 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - South Shetland Islands, Antarctica on Friday, 2 October 2020

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