Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 21 km south of Bahia Solano, Colombia, on Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 3:24 am (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 21 km south of Bahia Solano, Colombia, on Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 3:24 am (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 24 km depth

23 Jan 08:44 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Update Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 08:48
Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake 21 km southwest of Bahia Solano, Colombia
4.6 quake 23 Jan 3:24 am (GMT -5)
4.6 quake 23 Jan 3:24 am (GMT -5)
Just 24 minutes ago, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Bahia Solano, Departamento del Choco, Colombia. The tremor was recorded early morning on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 3:24 am local time, at a shallow depth of 23.5 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 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 4.6 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 Bahia Solano (pop. 3,100) located 21 km from the epicenter, and Nuqui (pop. 2,700) 44 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Pie de Pato (pop. 3,200) located 81 km from the epicenter, Bellavista (pop. 1,400) 86 km away, Vigia del Fuerte (pop. 4,600) 88 km away, and Quibdo (pop. 75,100) 99 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 23 Jan 2021 08:24:16 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 3:24 am (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 23.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.0519°N / 77.4763°W (North Pacific Ocean, Colombia)
Nearby towns and cities:
21 km (13 mi) SSW of Bahia Solano (pop: 3,080) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) NNW of Nuqui (pop: 2,740) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) NW of Pie de Pato (pop: 3,240) --> See nearby quakes!
88 km (54 mi) SW of Vigia del Fuerte (Vigía del Fuerte) (pop: 4,640) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (61 mi) WNW of Quibdo (pop: 75,100) --> See nearby quakes!
213 km (132 mi) W of Medellin (pop: 2,000,000) --> See nearby quakes!
240 km (149 mi) NW of Pereira (pop: 440,100) --> See nearby quakes!
243 km (151 mi) WNW of Manizales (pop: 357,800) --> See nearby quakes!
309 km (192 mi) NNW of Santiago de Cali (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
409 km (254 mi) WNW of Santafe de Bogota (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 25.5°C (78 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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.
4.624 km20 Km SSW of Bahía Solano, ColombiaUSGS
4.819 km223 Km Al Oeste De Medellin, ColombiaINETER

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
396.2 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
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