Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Gulf of California, 71 km northeast of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 7:59 am (GMT -7) -

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Gulf of California, 71 km northeast of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 7:59 am (GMT -7)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 3 km depth

20 Jan 15:21 UTC: First to report: SSN after 21 minutes.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 15:27
Light 4.8 quake hits near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
4.8 quake 20 Jan 7:59 am (GMT -7)
4.8 quake 20 Jan 7:59 am (GMT -7)
Just 27 minutes ago, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7:59 am local time, at a very shallow depth of 3 km below the surface.
The event was filed by Mexico's National Seismological Service (SSN), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 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 Loreto (pop. 14,700) located 71 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Jan 20, 2021 14:59:45 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 7:59 am (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 3.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 26.58°N / 111.02°W (Gulf of California, Mexico)
Antipode: 26.58°S / 68.98°E
Nearest volcano: Comondu-La Purisima (111 km / 69 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
60 km (37 mi) ENE of Los Bufalos (pop: 39) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) NNE of Loreto (Centro) (pop: 14,700) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) SW of Pueblo Yaqui (pop: 14,200) --> See nearby quakes!
140 km (87 mi) W of Huatabampo (pop: 30,500) --> See nearby quakes!
147 km (91 mi) SW of Cd. Obregon (pop: 298,600) --> See nearby quakes!
149 km (93 mi) S of Guaymas (pop: 113,100) --> See nearby quakes!
155 km (96 mi) SW of Esperanza (pop: 39,000) --> See nearby quakes!
155 km (96 mi) S of Empalme (pop: 42,500) --> See nearby quakes!
166 km (103 mi) WSW of Navojoa (pop: 113,800) --> See nearby quakes!
184 km (114 mi) NNE of Ciudad Constitucion (pop: 40,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 18°C (64 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from SE
Primary data source: SSN (Servicio Sismológico Nacional)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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.
4.83 km70 Km Al NORESTE De LORETO, BCS, MexicoSSN
5.210 kmGulf of California, MexicoGeoAu
5.210 kmGulf of California, MexicoGFZ
4.710 km71 Km NNE of Loreto, MexicoUSGS

User reports for this quake (11)

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Villa del Palmar - 25 km south of town of Loreto / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Trying to put 3 mo old granddaughter down for nap and all of a sudden EVERYTHIG was shaking and "bouncing" up and down. The water in the outdoor spa was sloshing around and out of the tub | 2 users found this interesting.  
13058 Judith St Baldwin Park Ca 91706 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Laying quietly - still - felt a small swinging motion. Was waiting for more, but it just stopped. I forgot about it until now and decided to check if there was an earthquake around 8am. | One user found this interesting.  
Loreto, Baja California Sur (72.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
near Loreto, Baja California Sur (80.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Zaragoza, Loreto BCS. / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
528 FN Loreto Bay, Nopolo Baja California Sur, Mex / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : Sittting in a recliner and thought my husband was playing a prank by pushing back and forth on the back of my chair. Also hanging decorations on the wall were swaying back and forth.  
Alamos sonora / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Obregón / not felt
los mochis / not felt
Loreto (99.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Shook the desk chair and ceiling fans in my palapa.  
Loreto / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
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