Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 23 km northwest of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, on Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:35 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 23 km northwest of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, on Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:35 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.3 earthquake at 12 km depth

15 Jan 23:44 UTC: First to report: IGEPN after 9 minutes.
Update Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 23:48
Light magnitude 4.3 quake hits 23 km northwest of Volcan Chimborazo, Ecuador early evening
4.3 quake 15 Jan 6:35 pm (GMT -5)
4.3 quake 15 Jan 6:35 pm (GMT -5)
A shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported early evening near Volcan Chimborazo, Cantón Esmeraldas, Provincia de Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
According to the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN), the quake hit on Friday 15 January 2021 at 6:35 pm local time at a shallow depth of 12 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.3 earthquake as well.
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 Volcan Chimborazo (pop. 165,200) located 23 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Muisne (pop. 13,400) located 66 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 15 Jan 2021 23:35:26 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:35 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.3
Depth: 12.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.14°N / 79.75°W (North Pacific Ocean, Ecuador)
Nearest volcano: Chachimbiro (179 km / 111 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
23 km (14 mi) NNW of Esmeraldas (pop: 165,200) --> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) NNE of Muisne (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) NNW of Rosa Zarate (pop: 42,100) --> See nearby quakes!
103 km (64 mi) W of San Lorenzo de Esmeraldas (San Lorenzo) (pop: 20,200) --> See nearby quakes!
168 km (104 mi) NNW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados (pop: 200,400) --> See nearby quakes!
201 km (125 mi) WNW of Ibarra (pop: 133,000) --> See nearby quakes!
204 km (127 mi) NW of San Francisco de Quito (pop: 1,399,800) --> See nearby quakes!
229 km (142 mi) W of Tulcan (pop: 86,500) --> See nearby quakes!
256 km (159 mi) NNE of Portoviejo (pop: 170,300) --> See nearby quakes!
351 km (218 mi) NW of Puyo (Pastaza) (pop: 24,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 25.2°C (77 F), humidity: 85%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from WSW
Primary data source: IGEPN (Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1011 joules (49.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 42.5 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 4.312 kmNear Coast of Ecuador, A 21.94km De EsmeraldasIGEPN

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