Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - 37 km northwest of Vallenar, Huasco, Atacama, Chile, on Monday, 16 Nov 3.18 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake  - 37 km northwest of Vallenar, Huasco, Atacama, Chile, on Monday, 16 Nov 3.18 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 49 km depth

16 Nov 20:22 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
16 Nov 20:25: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 44.0 km (from 6.2 to 27 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 20 km (12 mi) towards E.
16 Nov 20:34: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
16 Nov 20:38: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 50.0 to 49.4 km (from 31 to 31 mi).
Update Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 20:24
Significant magnitude 5.2 earthquake 185 km north of Coquimbo, Chile
5.2 quake 92 km W of Vallenar, Chile, 16 Nov 3.18 pm (GMT -5)
5.2 quake 92 km W of Vallenar, Chile, 16 Nov 3.18 pm (GMT -5)
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake was reported only 6 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Monday 16 November 2020 at 3.18 pm 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 Vallenar (pop. 44,900) located 92 km from the epicenter, Copiapó (pop. 129,300) 167 km away, La Serena (pop. 154,500) 182 km away, and Coquimbo (pop. 161,300) 185 km away.
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Date & time: 16 Nov 2020 08:18:33 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 16 Nov 3.18 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 49.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.42°S / 71.099°W (Chile)
Nearby towns and cities:
37 km (23 mi) NW of Vallenar (Huasco) (pop: 44,900)
139 km (87 mi) SW of Copiapó (Copiapo) (pop: 129,300)
166 km (103 mi) N of La Serena (Elqui) (pop: 154,500)
172 km (107 mi) N of Coquimbo (Elqui) (pop: 161,300)
184 km (114 mi) NW of Vicuña (Elqui) (pop: 13,500)
243 km (151 mi) N of Ovalle (Limarí) (pop: 77,100)
562 km (349 mi) N of Santiago (pop: 4,837,300)
745 km (463 mi) NW of Córdoba (Argentina) (pop: 1,428,200)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 14.1°C (57 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from WSW
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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.
M 5.149 km13 Km Al E De Huasco, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
M 5.122 kmCHILE (Argentina)INPRES
M 4.750 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGFZ
M 4.843 km37 Km WNW of Vallenar, ChileUSGS
M 5.128 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGeoAu
M 4.910 kmNear Coast of Central ChileUSP

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782.8 km S of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Westbeach, Cape Town, South Africa / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : Was on the toilet and the whole toilet pot moved side to side (I'm on the 3rd floor apartment
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