Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 252 km west of Salta, Argentina, on Sunday, 15 Nov 9.33 am (GMT -3) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - 252 km west of Salta, Argentina, on Sunday, 15 Nov 9.33 am (GMT -3)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 177 km depth

15 Nov 12:36 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 3 minutes.
15 Nov 12:39: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 179.0 to 144.0 km (from 111 to 89 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 13 km (8.2 mi) towards E.
15 Nov 12:52: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
Update Sun, 15 Nov 2020, 12:39
Moderate yet deep earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 137 km west of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina
5.1 quake 15 Nov 9:33 am (GMT -3)
5.1 quake 15 Nov 9:33 am (GMT -3)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred only 6 minutes ago 137 km west of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at an intermediate to considerable depth of 179 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Sunday 15 November 2020 at 9.33 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in San Antonio de los Cobres (pop. 4,000) located 137 km from the epicenter.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Santa Rosa de Tastil (pop. 2,000) located 174 km from the epicenter, and Cachí (pop. 2,200) 183 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 15 Nov 2020 12:33:15 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 15 Nov 9.33 am (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 176.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 24.109°S / 67.788°W (Argentina)
Nearest volcano: Aracar (24 km / 15 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (25 mi) SW of Campamento El Laco (Provincia de El Loa, Chile)
150 km (93 mi) W of San Antonio de los Cobres (Departamento de Los Andes) (pop: 4,000)
217 km (135 mi) SSE of Calama (El Loa, Chile) (pop: 143,100)
252 km (157 mi) WNW of Salta (pop: 512,700)
253 km (157 mi) W of San Salvador de Jujuy (Doctor Manuel Belgrano) (pop: 305,900)
262 km (163 mi) W of Palpalá (pop: 48,200)
297 km (184 mi) W of San Pedro (pop: 58,400)
397 km (247 mi) NW of San Miguel de Tucumán (pop: 781,000)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 4°C (39 F), humidity: 39%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from NW
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.3177 km- Chile-Argentina border regionGUG (U. Chile)
M 5.3130 kmSALTA, ARGENTINAEMSC
M 5.3182 kmCHILE (Argentina)INPRES
M 5.3146 kmChile-Argentina Border RegionUSGS
M 5.2144 km59 Km Al S De Socaire, ChileGFZ
M 5.4141 kmChile-Argentina Border RegionGeoAu
M 5.110 kmJujuy Province, ArgentinaBMKG
M 5.5142 kmChile-Argentina Border RegionUSP

User reports for this quake (3)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
1113.7 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Calama (220.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Salmiya / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake 252 km west of Salta, Argentina, 15 Nov 9.33 am (GMT -3)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 24 Nov 2020 01:13 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    226 km (140.4 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 21:39 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    219 km (136.1 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 05:04 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    152.9 km (95 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 15 Nov 2020 23:19 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    221.9 km (137.9 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (5 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 252 km west of Salta, Argentina, on Sunday, 15 Nov 9.33 am (GMT -3)

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