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Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 80 km west of Abra Pampa, Departamento de Cochinoca, Jujuy, Argentina, on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm (GMT -3)

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 80 km west of Abra Pampa, Departamento de Cochinoca, Jujuy, Argentina, on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm (GMT -3) Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 80 km west of Abra Pampa, Departamento de Cochinoca, Jujuy, Argentina, on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm (GMT -3)

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 279 km depth

20 Jan 00:21 UTC: First to report: USGS after 25 minutes.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 00:27

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Abra Pampa, Departamento de Cochinoca, Jujuy, Argentina

4.2 quake 19 Jan 8:56 pm (GMT -3)
4.2 quake 19 Jan 8:56 pm (GMT -3)
A intermediate to deep magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported in the evening near Abra Pampa, Departamento de Cochinoca, Jujuy, Argentina.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit on Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 8:56 pm local time at an intermediate to considerable depth of 279.3 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well.
According to preliminary calculations, we do not expect that the quake was felt by many people and did not cause any damage. In Abra Pampa (pop. 9,400, 80 km away), and El Aguilar (pop. 3,700, 82 km away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 19, 2021 23:56:59 UTC
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Jan 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm (GMT -3)
Depth279.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude22.9626°S / 66.429°W (Departamento de Susques, Jujuy, Argentina)
Antipode22.963°N / 113.571°E
Shaking intensityNot felt
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoUturuncu (109 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities80 km (50 mi) WSW of Abra Pampa (Cochinoca) (pop: 9,430) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
82 km (51 mi) WNW of El Aguilar (pop: 3,660) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
130 km (81 mi) SW of Villazon (Modesto Omiste, Potosí, Bolivia) (pop: 30,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
179 km (111 mi) NW of Jujuy (pop: 305,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
190 km (118 mi) NW of Palpala (pop: 48,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
192 km (119 mi) WNW of Libertador General San Martin (pop: 49,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
213 km (132 mi) NW of San Pedro de Jujuy (pop: 58,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
216 km (134 mi) W of Oran (Salta) (pop: 74,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
228 km (141 mi) NNW of Salta (pop: 512,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
274 km (170 mi) W of Tartagal (Salta) (pop: 60,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 3.6°C (39 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
4.2279 km79 Km WSW of Abra Pampa, ArgentinaUSGS


Seismic station: Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile (LCO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 796 km / 495 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile: 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. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

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There are no user reports for this quake.

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