Light mag. 4.7 earthquake - 52 km northeast of Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, on Friday, 20 Nov 7.58 pm (GMT -4) -

Light mag. 4.7 earthquake  - 52 km northeast of Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, on Friday, 20 Nov 7.58 pm (GMT -4)

Light magnitude 4.7 earthquake at 10 km depth

21 Nov 00:10 UTC: First to report: USGS after 12 minutes.
Update Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 00:12
Light earthquake of magnitude 4.7 just reported 52 km northeast of Barquisimeto, Venezuela
4.7 quake 20 Nov 7:58 pm (GMT -4)
4.7 quake 20 Nov 7:58 pm (GMT -4)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 occurred early evening on Friday 20 November 2020 at 7.58 pm local time near the town of Chivacoa, Venezuela, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.7 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc. Weak shaking might have been felt in Chivacoa (pop. 45,900) located 44 km from the epicenter, Yaritagua (pop. 89,700) 44 km away, San Felipe (pop. 76,800) 45 km away, Los Rastrojos (pop. 34,600) 51 km away, Barquisimeto (pop. 809,500) 52 km away, Nirgua (pop. 30,200) 72 km away, Coro (pop. 195,200) 119 km away, and Puerto Cabello (pop. 174,000) 121 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you’re in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake data:

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Date & time: 20 Nov 2020 11:58:21 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 20 Nov 7.58 pm (GMT -4)
Magnitude: 4.7
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.4763°N / 69.1338°W (Venezuela)
Nearby towns and cities:
44 km (27 mi) NW of Chivacoa (Bruzual, Yaracuy) (pop: 45,900)
44 km (27 mi) N of Yaritagua (Peña) (pop: 89,700)
45 km (28 mi) NW of San Felipe (Yaracuy) (pop: 76,800)
51 km (32 mi) NE of Los Rastrojos (Palavecino) (pop: 34,600)
52 km (32 mi) NE of Barquisimeto (pop: 809,500)
81 km (50 mi) NE of Quíbor (Jiménez) (pop: 41,500)
247 km (153 mi) W of Caracas (Miranda) (pop: 3,000,000)
272 km (169 mi) E of Maracaibo (Zulia) (pop: 2,225,000)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 22.2°C (72 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1011 joules (197 megawatt hours, equivalent to 169 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 4.710 km43 Km NW of Chivacoa, VenezuelaUSGS
M 4.710 kmVenezuelaGFZ

User reports for this quake (7)

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Palavecino, Agua Viva, Estado Lara / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : The furniture and windows shook, it lasted about 3 seconds. | One user found this interesting.
1386.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Cabudare (51.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s
122 km E of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s
844.8 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
127.8 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Barquisimeto / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short
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