Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 64 km east of Neiva, Departamento del Huila, Colombia, on Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 4:12 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 64 km east of Neiva, Departamento del Huila, Colombia, on Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 4:12 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 25 km depth

23 Jan 21:20 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
23 Jan 21:30: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 26.0 km (from 6.2 to 16.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 7 km (4.4 mi) towards NNW.
23 Jan 21:34: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 26.0 to 25.0 km (from 16.2 to 15.5 mi).
Update Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 21:24
Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake 64 km northeast of Neiva, Colombia
4.9 quake 23 Jan 4:12 pm (GMT -5)
4.9 quake 23 Jan 4:12 pm (GMT -5)
A shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake was reported in the afternoon near Neiva, Departamento del Huila, Colombia.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 4:12 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 5.2.
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 Colombia (pop. 2,400) located 34 km from the epicenter, Villavieja (pop. 2,700) 56 km away, Aipe (pop. 8,000) 58 km away, Neiva (pop. 352,900) 64 km away, Rivera (pop. 8,000) 67 km away, Natagaima (pop. 11,200) 72 km away, Campoalegre (pop. 22,600) 79 km away, and Palermo (pop. 9,900) 81 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 23 Jan 2021 21:12:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 4:12 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.14°N / 74.75°W (Colombia, Departamento del Huila, Colombia)
Nearest volcano: Nevado del Huila (145 km / 90 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
27 km (17 mi) SSE of Colombia (Huila) (pop: 2,390) --> See nearby quakes!
55 km (34 mi) E of Aipe (Villavieja, Huila) (pop: 7,960) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) ENE of Neiva (Huila) (pop: 352,900) --> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) SE of Natagaima (Tolima) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) NE of Rivera (Huila) (pop: 8,040) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (50 mi) ENE of Palermo (Huila) (pop: 9,900) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) NE of Sevilla (Campoalegre, Huila) (pop: 22,600) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) NE of Algeciras (Huila) (pop: 10,800) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) SSW of Santafe de Bogota (Bogota D.C.) (pop: 7,674,400) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (124 mi) E of Santiago de Cali (Valle del Cauca) (pop: 2,392,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 19.5°C (67 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.025 kmColombiaGFZ
M 5.125 kmCOLOMBIAEMSC
M 4.941 km24 Km S of Colombia, ColombiaUSGS
M 4.954 kmColombiaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (55)

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Bogotá / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was in the kitchen and I heard a crack sound and some movement... I saw moving some decorations that hang from a door... | 2 users found this interesting.
188.6 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Simple shake but felt by shaking the sofas were we sat in apartment 14th floor. | 2 users found this interesting.
ib (153.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 20-30 s : was felt on the 2 floor my water bottle was moving lots i was able to see how long it lasted | 2 users found this interesting.
La Mesa Cundinamarca / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Was sitting in my chair. Began as a light shaking and got worse before stopping. My chair moved a couple inches back and forth. Swinging items in the house. I am on the sixth floor. The top floor of the building. | 2 users found this interesting.
Bogotá / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I live on the 8th floor of a building and was worried I would have to run outside | 2 users found this interesting.
175.7 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Leve | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
Jamundi / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 10-15 s : Was on the top the 11th floor felt the shaking while taking a nap. The picture on the wall was rattling | One user found this interesting.
182.4 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Very soft | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
Bogota / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / very short : I was inside my hotel room, on fourth floor of building | One user found this interesting.
Pereira / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : Like riding a wave | One user found this interesting.
Bogotá / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 15-20 s : Fear | One user found this interesting.
Bogotá / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 15-20 s : I didnt felt it, but my mom did. It was very short and quiet. | One user found this interesting.
Bogotá / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Vi como objetos colgantes y las puertas se mecian suavemente. | One user found this interesting.
Cali Colombia / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Primero sentí un mareo y luego la cama se movió | One user found this interesting.
Bogotá / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Bogota, colombia | One user found this interesting.
193.6 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Slight swinging of lights and some lateral movement | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
Bogota / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Soacha / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : I was laying on my bed and rocked back and forth twice
Pereira / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Bogotá / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Bucaramanga (475.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
193.3 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
193 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Usaquen, Bogotá / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Bogotá (179.9 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
1032.7 km NW of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Bogota / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Huila, Neiva / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
199.7 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III)
bogota (184 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
204.5 km NNW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Bogota / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Medellin (358.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Bogota, Usaquen, Cedritos / Weak shaking (MMI III)
181.8 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Palmira valle (174.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
186.9 km NNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Ibague tolima / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / very short
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Bogota / Light shaking (MMI IV)
neiva / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Bogota / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short
181.4 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Quindio / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Bogota D.C / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Pitalito (219 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s
Bogotá / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short
Ibague / Weak shaking (MMI III)
189.4 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
215 km NNW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Bogota / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
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