Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Provincia del Tamarugal, 120 km northeast of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile, on Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 1:38 pm (GMT -3) -

Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Provincia del Tamarugal, 120 km northeast of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile, on Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 1:38 pm (GMT -3)

Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 99 km depth

6 Jan 16:43 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 5 minutes.
6 Jan 16:45: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 94.0 to 97.0 km (from 58 to 60 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.3 km (2.7 mi) towards ENE.
6 Jan 16:58: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
Update Wed, 6 Jan 2021, 17:00
Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake 120 km northeast of Iquique, Chile
4.9 quake 6 Jan 1:38 pm (GMT -3)
4.9 quake 6 Jan 1:38 pm (GMT -3)
Just 21 minutes ago, a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Iquique, Provincia de Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile. The tremor was recorded around noon on Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 1:38 pm local time, at an intermediate depth of 99.4 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the National Seismological Center of the University of Chile, the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include United States Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 4.9, INPRES at magnitude 5.0, and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.9.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Iquique (pop. 227,500) located 120 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 6 Jan 2021 16:38:41 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 1:38 pm (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 99.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.546°S / 69.251°W (Provincia del Tamarugal, Tarapaca, Chile)
Nearest volcano: Isluga (62 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
120 km (74 mi) NE of Iquique (Tarapacá) (pop: 227,500) --> See nearby quakes!
162 km (101 mi) SE of Arica (Arica y Parinacota) (pop: 186,000) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (125 mi) SSE of Tacna (Peru) (pop: 280,100) --> See nearby quakes!
281 km (175 mi) SW of Oruro (Bolivia) (pop: 208,700) --> See nearby quakes!
300 km (186 mi) NNE of Tocopilla (Antofagasta) (pop: 24,500) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) SE of Ilo (Moquegua, Peru) (pop: 53,500) --> See nearby quakes!
316 km (196 mi) SE of Moquegua (Peru) (pop: 54,500) --> See nearby quakes!
326 km (202 mi) N of Calama (Antofagasta) (pop: 143,100) --> See nearby quakes!
358 km (223 mi) SSW of La Paz (Bolivia) (pop: 812,800) --> See nearby quakes!
367 km (228 mi) W of Potosi (Potosí, Bolivia) (pop: 141,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 16°C (61 F), humidity: 42%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from WSW
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
M 4.999 km32 Km Al SE De Camiña, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
M 5.0106 kmCHILE (Argentina)INPRES
M 4.9103 km115 Km NE of Iquique, ChileUSGS
M 4.897 kmNorthern ChileGFZ
M 5.065 kmNorthern ChileUSP

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