Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Curicó, 12 km east of Curico, Maule Region, Chile, on Sunday, 17 Jan 2021 9:24 am (GMT -3) -

Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Curicó, 12 km east of Curico, Maule Region, Chile, on Sunday, 17 Jan 2021 9:24 am (GMT -3)

Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 95 km depth

17 Jan 12:31 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
17 Jan 12:44: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
17 Jan 13:38: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 92.0 to 94.7 km (from 57 to 59 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.9 km (3.7 mi) towards E.
Update Sun, 17 Jan 2021, 12:36
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Curico, Provincia de Curicó, Maule Region, Chile
5.0 quake 17 Jan 9:24 am (GMT -3)
5.0 quake 17 Jan 9:24 am (GMT -3)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.0 quake in Chile near Curico, Provincia de Curicó, Maule Region, only 12 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Sunday 17 January 2021 at 9:24 am local time at an intermediate depth of 85 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 the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which listed it as a magnitude 4.7 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.9.
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 Teno (pop. 6,900) located 28 km from the epicenter, Curico (pop. 102,400) 30 km away, Molina (pop. 28,800) 34 km away, Chimbarongo (pop. 17,400) 37 km away, Santa Cruz (pop. 33,300) 60 km away, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (pop. 29,600) 67 km away, Rengo (pop. 38,100) 70 km away, and Talca (pop. 197,500) 80 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 17 Jan 2021 12:24:33 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 17 Jan 2021 9:24 am (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 94.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 34.973°S / 71.108°W (Curicó, Maule Region, Chile)
Nearest volcano: Planchón-Peteroa (63 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
12 km (7 mi) E of Curico (Maule Region) (pop: 102,400) --> See nearby quakes!
22 km (14 mi) NE of Molina (Provincia de Curicó, Maule Region) (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
30 km (18 mi) S of Chimbarongo (Colchagua, O'Higgins Region) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) SSE of Santa Cruz (Colchagua, O'Higgins Region) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (37 mi) S of San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (Cachapoal, O'Higgins Region) (pop: 29,600) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) SSW of Rengo (O'Higgins Region) (pop: 38,100) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) NE of Talca (Maule Region) (pop: 197,500) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) SSW of Rancagua (O'Higgins Region) (pop: 212,700) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) SSW of Puente Alto (Santiago Metropolitan) (pop: 510,400) --> See nearby quakes!
174 km (108 mi) SSW of Santiago de Chile (Santiago Metropolitan) (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 16.9°C (62 F), humidity: 67%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from S
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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 4.895 km12 Km Al E De Curicó, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
M 4.796 km12 Km SE of Teno, ChileUSGS
M 4.687 km7 Km Al E De Curicó, ChileGFZ

User reports for this quake (5)

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Papudo (276 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
184.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Este sismo fue leve, pero con ruido segundos antes y durante el temblor (reported through our app)
Los Vilos (340.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Talca / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Pencahue / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Light for 5-6 seconds, then moderate for 5-6 seconds and then 5-6 seconds light again.
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