Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 32 km northwest of Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 3:19 pm (GMT -3) -

Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 32 km northwest of Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 3:19 pm (GMT -3)

Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 33 km depth

7 Jan 18:28 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 9 minutes.
7 Jan 18:37: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 4.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 30.0 to 14.0 km (from 18.6 to 8.7 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 16 km (9.7 mi) towards WSW.
7 Jan 18:38: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
Update Thu, 7 Jan 2021, 18:33
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 31 km northwest of Coquimbo, Chile early afternoon
5.0 quake 7 Jan 3:19 pm (GMT -3)
5.0 quake 7 Jan 3:19 pm (GMT -3)
Just 14 minutes ago, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Coquimbo, Provincia de Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile. The tremor was recorded early afternoon on Thursday 7 January 2021 at 3:19 pm local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 30 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first seismological agency to report it.
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 Coquimbo (pop. 161,300) located 31 km from the epicenter, and La Serena (pop. 154,500) 32 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 7 Jan 2021 18:19:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 3:19 pm (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 4.4
Depth: 32.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 29.804°S / 71.629°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Nearby towns and cities:
32 km (20 mi) WNW of Coquimbo (pop: 161,300) --> See nearby quakes!
38 km (24 mi) WNW of La Serena (pop: 154,500) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) WNW of Vicuña (pop: 13,500) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) NNW of Ovalle (pop: 77,100) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) SSW of Vallenar (pop: 44,900) --> See nearby quakes!
208 km (129 mi) NNW of Illapel (Choapa) (pop: 22,800) --> See nearby quakes!
299 km (186 mi) SSW of Copiapo (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
359 km (223 mi) N of Valparaiso (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
417 km (259 mi) NNW of Santiago de Chile (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
435 km (270 mi) NNW of Puente Alto (pop: 510,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 19°C (66 F), humidity: 68%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from W
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 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 4.433 km38 Km Al O De La Serena, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
M 4.728 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGFZ
M 4.545 kmNear Coast of Central ChileUSP
M 4.424 km33 Km WNW of Coquimbo, ChileUSGS

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