Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 16 km southeast of Duran, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador, on Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:15 am (GMT -5)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 16 km southeast of Duran, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador, on Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:15 am (GMT -5) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 16 km southeast of Duran, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador, on Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:15 am (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 46 km depth

21 Jan 10:18 UTC: First to report: IGEPN after 3 minutes.
21 Jan 10:20: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 45.0 to 46.0 km (from 28 to 29 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards S.
21 Jan 10:22: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.0.
Update Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 10:24
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.0 just reported 16 km southeast of Duran, Ecuador
5.0 quake 21 Jan 5:15 am (GMT -5)
5.0 quake 21 Jan 5:15 am (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred early morning on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 5:15 am local time near Duran, Durán, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador, as reported by the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a moderately shallow depth of 46 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.
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 Duran (pop. 167,800) located 16 km from the epicenter, Guayaquil (pop. 1,952,000) 17 km away, Yaguachi Nuevo (pop. 27,900) 22 km away, San Francisco de Milagro (pop. 133,500) 25 km away, Naranjito (pop. 34,200) 35 km away, Samborondon (pop. 24,100) 36 km away, El Triunfo (pop. 32,300) 45 km away, Naranjal (pop. 32,000) 47 km away, and Babahoyo (pop. 76,300) 59 km away.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 21, 2021 10:15:34 UTC
Local time at epicenterThursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 5:15 am (GMT -5)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth46.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude2.28°S / 79.76°W (Duran, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador)
Antipode2.28°N / 100.24°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt52 reports
Primary data sourceIGEPN (Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito)
Nearest volcanoChimborazo (139 km / 86 mi)
Nearby towns and cities16 km (10 mi) SE of Duran (Guayas) (pop: 167,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
17 km (10 mi) ESE of Guayaquil (Guayas) (pop: 1,952,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (13 mi) SSW of Yaguachi Nuevo (San Jacinto de Yaguachi, Guayas) (pop: 27,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
25 km (15 mi) SW of San Francisco de Milagro (Guayas) (pop: 133,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
35 km (22 mi) WSW of Naranjito (Guayas) (pop: 34,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (22 mi) S of Samborondon (Guayas) (pop: 24,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
45 km (28 mi) SSE of El Triunfo (Cantón Daule, Guayas) (pop: 32,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
47 km (29 mi) NNW of Naranjal (Guayas) (pop: 32,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) WNW of La Troncal (Provincia de Cañar) (pop: 36,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
266 km (165 mi) SSW of Quito (Pichincha) (pop: 1,399,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 24.4°C (76 F), humidity: 83%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.046 kmEcuador - Guayas, A 14.53km De DuranIGEPN
4.873 kmNear Coast of EcuadorGFZ
4.971 kmNEAR COAST OF ECUADOREMSC
4.983 kmNear the Coast of EcuadorUSGS

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Edificio River Side (same building as Banco Pichin / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I woke up to shaking at about 5:16 am in my apartment in Cuenca, Ecuador (The Riverside Building that contains the Pichincha Bank on Av Ordonez Lasso y Calle de Los Claveles). It lasted about 5 seconds. It did not set off car alarms outside and I did not | One user found this interesting.  
Puertas del Sol, Cuenca, Ecuador (105.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : I felt kind of a hummming that alerted me. It was followed within seconds by a brief, forceful jerking movement - enough to make a sound in the roof beams.  
Manta Ecuador, Cantón Manta, Manabí (184.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Felt nothing in Manta, whereas have felt many of thd smaller ones from canoa area over the last few weeks. (reported through our app)  
Guayaquil (20.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / 5-10 s : Strong but over quick | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Guayaquil (20.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Strong, start with a strong sound coming from far and later vibrating all the floor | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Guayaquil / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It felt like a wave from the ocean just passing through traveling in a precise direction. When it passed, the rumbling stopped, lasting only deconds  
near Duran, Guayas (29.8 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging (reported through our app)
Guaranda, Bolívar (114.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Guyaquil (27.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Fue un poco fuerte pero de corta duración nos asustamos  
La Paz (131.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : Felt like riding on a train.  
Cuenca, Azuay (107.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Bellavista (20.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Estaba durmiendo, cuando sentí el movimiento, me levante y salí de mi casa, ahora estoy en la sala  
Santa Lucia, Cantón Guayaquil, Guayas (25.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Guayaquil (24.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : Was pretty strong with strong vibrations. Woke me out from f my sleep  
Cuenca, Azuay (109.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Big jolt  
Samborondon (19.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : short vibration as a turbulence in plane  
Cuenca, Azuay (108 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
near El Triunfo, Cantón Daule, Guayas (34.8 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
near Duran, Guayas (1.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Cuenca, Azuay (114.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Riobamba, Chimborazo (142.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Remeson corto tiempo (16 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Santa Lucia, Cantón Guayaquil, Guayas (25.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
near Duran, Guayas (29.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Riobamba (142.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Cuenca, Azuay (107 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s (reported through our app)
Duran, Guayas (22.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Camilo Ponce enriqu (85.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Santa Lucia, Cantón Guayaquil, Guayas (27.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Cuenca / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Was asleep, and the shaking of the bed woke me up.  
Píllaro / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : Me desperté a las 5h15 a.m.  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 11, 2021 07:15
1 year 25 weeks ago
3.6

42 km
13 km E of Guayaquil, Provincia del Guayas, EcuadorMore
Jan 21, 2021 10:34
1 year 28 weeks ago - felt
3.5

47 km
17 km SE of Duran, Provincia del Guayas, EcuadorMore

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