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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Tarapaca, 109 km southeast of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, Chile, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 10:55 am (GMT -3)

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Tarapaca, 109 km southeast of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, Chile, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 10:55 am (GMT -3) Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Tarapaca, 109 km southeast of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, Chile, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 10:55 am (GMT -3)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 115 km depth

27 Dec 13:59 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
27 Dec 14:01: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 131.0 to 118.0 km (from 81 to 73 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 22 km (14 mi) towards E.
27 Dec 14:14: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
27 Dec 18:36: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 115.1 to 115.4 km (from 72 to 72 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards SW.
Update Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 14:03
Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.0 quake hits 120 km southeast of Arica, Chile in the morning
5.0 quake 27 Dec 10:55 am (GMT -3)
5.0 quake 27 Dec 10:55 am (GMT -3)
Just 8 minutes ago, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Arica, Provincia de Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, Chile. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Sunday 27 December 2020 at 10:55 am local time, at an intermediate depth of 118 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from INPRES which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.4.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Arica (pop. 186,000) located 120 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 27, 2020 13:55:21 UTC
Local time at epicenterSunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 10:55 am (GMT -3)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.2
Depth115.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.116°S / 69.516°W (Tamarugal, Tarapaca, Chile)
Antipode19.116°N / 110.484°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceGUG (U. Chile)
Nearest volcanoIsluga (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities109 km (68 mi) SE of Arica (Arica y Parinacota) (pop: 186,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
139 km (86 mi) NNE of Iquique (pop: 227,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
145 km (90 mi) SSE of Tacna (Peru) (pop: 280,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
149 km (92 mi) SSE of Catana (Tacna, Peru) (pop: 875) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
191 km (118 mi) SSE of Tarata (Tacna, Peru) (pop: 3,050) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
195 km (121 mi) SSE of Chipispaya (Tacna, Peru) (pop: 1,930) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
210 km (131 mi) SSE of Totoral (Tacna, Peru) (pop: 1,980) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
215 km (133 mi) SSE of Quilahuani (Tacna, Peru) (pop: 3,180) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
216 km (134 mi) SSE of Ilabaya (Jorge Basadre, Tacna, Peru) (pop: 9,490) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
254 km (158 mi) SE of Ilo (Moquegua, Peru) (pop: 53,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 9.7°C (49 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from WSW
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.2115 km24 Km Al N De Camiña, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
5.1113 kmTARAPACA, CHILEEMSC
5.1120 kmCHILE (Argentina)INPRES
5.1109 km115 Km SE of Arica, ChileUSGS
5.2118 kmNorthern ChileGFZ
5.1106 kmNorthern ChileGeoAu
5.2121 km136 Km Al Sur-SE De Tacna, Tacna - Tacna, ChileIGP
5.549 kmNorthern ChileUSP
4.888 kmNorthern ChileBMKG

User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Iquique, Tarapacá (140 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Arequipa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 25, 2021 07:46
1 year 18 weeks ago
3.1

104 km
141 km NE of Iquique, Tarapaca, ChileMore
Feb 11, 2021 11:00
1 year 20 weeks ago
3.2

121 km
107 km SE of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, ChileMore
Feb 3, 2021 18:42
1 year 21 weeks ago
2.9

96 km
126 km NE of Iquique, Tarapaca, ChileMore
Jan 28, 2021 19:59
1 year 22 weeks ago
2.6

96 km
100 km SE of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, ChileMore
Dec 29, 2020 01:52
1 year 26 weeks ago
3.5

117 km
Tarapaca, 124 km SE of Arica, Region de Arica y Parinacota, ChileMore

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