Light mag. 4.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 82 km west of Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 9:15 am (GMT -5) -

Light mag. 4.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 82 km west of Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 9:15 am (GMT -5)

Light magnitude 4.7 earthquake at 49 km depth

24 Dec 14:20 UTC: First to report: INPRES after 5 minutes.
24 Dec 14:42: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
Update Thu, 24 Dec 2020, 14:45
Light 4.7 quake hits near Illapel, Chile
4.7 quake 24 Dec 9:15 am (GMT -5)
4.7 quake 24 Dec 9:15 am (GMT -5)
The National Seismological Center of the University of Chile reported a magnitude 4.7 quake in Chile near Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, only 30 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Thursday 24 December 2020 at 9:15 am local time at a moderately shallow depth of 49.2 km. 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.
A second report was later issued by INPRES, which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include United States Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 4.6, European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.6, and German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 4.9.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Illapel (pop. 22,800) located 82 km from the epicenter, and Salamanca (pop. 13,300) 105 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 24 Dec 2020 14:15:22 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 9:15 am (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.7
Depth: 49.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.485°S / 72.019°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Nearby towns and cities:
82 km (51 mi) W of Illapel (Choapa) (pop: 22,800) --> See nearby quakes!
126 km (78 mi) SW of Ovalle (pop: 77,100) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (110 mi) NNW of Valparaiso (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
177 km (110 mi) NNW of Viña del Mar (pop: 294,600) --> See nearby quakes!
182 km (113 mi) NNW of Quilpué (pop: 130,300) --> See nearby quakes!
182 km (113 mi) SSW of Coquimbo (pop: 161,300) --> See nearby quakes!
184 km (114 mi) NNW of Villa Alemana (pop: 97,300) --> See nearby quakes!
191 km (118 mi) SSW of La Serena (pop: 154,500) --> See nearby quakes!
254 km (158 mi) NNW of Santiago de Chile (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (169 mi) NNW of Puente Alto (pop: 510,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 15.5°C (60 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from SSW
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1011 joules (197 megawatt hours, equivalent to 169 tons of TNT) More info
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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 4.749 kmOCEANO PACIFICO (Argentina), ChileGUG (U. Chile)
M 4.910 kmOff Coast of Central ChileGFZ
M 4.714 kmOFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILEEMSC
M 4.622 km103 Km WNW of Illapel, ChileUSGS
M 4.741 km54 Km Al O De Canela Baja, ChileINPRES
M 5.012 kmOff Coast of Central ChileGeoAu
M 4.710 kmOff Coast of Central ChileUSP
M 4.622 km103 Km WNW of Illapel, ChileUSGS

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Quintero (151.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s (reported through our app)
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