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Light mag. 3.5 earthquake - 39 mi southeast of Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada, USA, on Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (GMT -8)

Light mag. 3.5 earthquake - 39 mi southeast of Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada, USA, on Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (GMT -8) Light mag. 3.5 earthquake - 39 mi southeast of Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada, USA, on Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (GMT -8)

Light magnitude 3.5 earthquake at 8 km depth

18 Jan 05:04 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 4 minutes.
18 Jan 05:04: Now using data updates from USGS
18 Jan 05:33: Magnitude recalculated from 3.4 to 3.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 12.2 to 7.7 km (from 7.6 to 4.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.9 km (1.2 mi) towards SW.
Update Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 05:09

Small magnitude 3.4 earthquake 39 miles southeast of Hawthorne, Nevada, United States

3.4 quake 17 Jan 9:00 pm (GMT -8)
3.4 quake 17 Jan 9:00 pm (GMT -8)
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake near Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada, USA, was reported only 8 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered the key international and national agency that monitors seismic activity in the US. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 7.6 miles beneath the epicenter in the evening on Sunday 17 January 2021 at 9:00 pm local time. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.4 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Mina (pop. 160) located 15 miles from the epicenter. In Hawthorne (pop. 3,300, 39 miles away), and Tonopah (pop. 2,500, 45 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 18, 2021 05:00:53 UTC
Local time at epicenterSunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (GMT -8)
Depth7.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.1655°N / 118.0699°W (Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States)
Antipode38.166°S / 61.93°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoMono Lake (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities25 km (16 mi) S of Mina (pop: 155) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
63 km (39 mi) SE of Hawthorne (pop: 3,270) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) W of Tonopah (pop: 2,480) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) NNE of Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek (California) (pop: 2,650) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) NE of Mammoth Lakes (California) (pop: 7,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
158 km (98 mi) SSE of Fallon (pop: 8,460) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
166 km (103 mi) ESE of Gardnerville Ranchos (pop: 11,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
178 km (111 mi) SE of Dayton (Lyon County) (pop: 8,960) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
185 km (115 mi) SE of Carson City (pop: 54,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
207 km (129 mi) NE of Clovis (California) (pop: 104,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 6°C (43 F), humidity: 52%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from NNW
Estimated seismic energy released1.1 x 1010 joules (3.12 megawatt hours, equivalent to 2.68 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.
3.57.7 km25 Km S of Mina, Nevada, USAUSGS


Seismic station: Mammoth (MLAC/CI network) | Distance from quake: 90 km / 56 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Mammoth: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
SILVERPEAK, NV (87.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Las Vegas / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s

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