Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Choapa, 17 km southwest of Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021 5:18 pm (GMT -3) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Choapa, 17 km southwest of Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021 5:18 pm (GMT -3)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 52 km depth

10 Feb 20:21 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 3 minutes.
10 Feb 20:24: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 57.0 km (from 6.2 to 35 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 26 km (16 mi) towards E.
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10 Feb 22:08: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 54.3 to 51.7 km (from 34 to 32 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.9 km (1.2 mi) towards W.
Update Wed, 10 Feb 2021, 20:27
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 24 km southeast of Illapel, Chile in the afternoon
5.0 quake 10 Feb 5:18 pm (GMT -3)
5.0 quake 10 Feb 5:18 pm (GMT -3)
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Illapel, Provincia de Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile, was reported only 9 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 57 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 5:18 pm local time. 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 5.0 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 Salamanca (pop. 13,300) located 3 km from the epicenter, Illapel (pop. 22,800) 24 km away, La Ligua (pop. 24,900) 77 km away, and San Felipe (pop. 59,300) 110 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 10 Feb 2021 20:18:29 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021 5:18 pm (GMT -3)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 51.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.767°S / 71.255°W (Choapa, Coquimbo Region, Chile)
Nearest volcano: Tupungatito (211 km / 131 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
17 km (11 mi) SSW of Illapel (Choapa, Coquimbo Region) (pop: 22,800) --> See nearby quakes!
28 km (17 mi) W of Salamanca (Choapa, Coquimbo Region) (pop: 13,300) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) N of La Ligua (Petorca, Valparaíso) (pop: 24,900) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) S of Ovalle (Coquimbo Region) (pop: 77,100) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) N of Villa Alemana (Valparaíso) (pop: 97,300) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) N of Viña del Mar (Valparaíso) (pop: 294,600) --> See nearby quakes!
144 km (89 mi) N of Quilpué (Valparaíso) (pop: 130,300) --> See nearby quakes!
196 km (122 mi) NNW of Santiago de Chile (Santiago Metropolitan) (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
207 km (129 mi) S of La Serena (Coquimbo Region) (pop: 154,500) --> See nearby quakes!
215 km (133 mi) NNW of Puente Alto (Santiago Metropolitan) (pop: 510,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 21.2°C (70 F), humidity: 54%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from W
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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
unspecifiedn/aChileVolcanoDiscovery
5.252 km17 Km Al SO De Illapel, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
5.219 kmCHILE (Argentina)INPRES
5.260 kmCOQUIMBO, CHILEEMSC
5.249 km25 Km WSW of Illapel, ChileUSGS
5.253 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGFZ
5.262 kmNear Coast of Central ChileGeoAu
5.210 kmNear Coast of Central ChileUSP

User reports for this quake (29)

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Santiago / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe : Algúnas personas asustada | One user found this interesting.
Plaza de armas, Santiago / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : 7th floor of a building started to wobble | One user found this interesting.
Curacaví / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Felt different , maybe the movement was diferrent as usual | One user found this interesting.
192.9 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 20-30 s (reported through our app)
298.1 km S of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
66.7 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 20-30 s
Talagante (216.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s (reported through our app)
No lo senti (585.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Aparentemente habría seguido la ruta hacia la montaña y no hacia la costa (reported through our app)
Mendoza (257.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
182.5 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
46.1 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
666.1 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
358.3 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
La (207.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
198.7 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Ritoque (126.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s (reported through our app)
183.3 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Pudahuel, Hilton Garden Inn / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Lasted around 40 seconds. TV was shaking, some crackings heard. | One user found this interesting.
Pudahuel, Hilton Garden Inn / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Lasted around 40 seconds. TV was shaking, some crackings heard.
Mendoza / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Santiago de Chile / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Quilpué / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down)
Pichicuy / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s
Santiago / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vertical swinging (up and down)
Batuco Santiago Chile / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Vitacura, Santiago / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Valparaiso / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Las condes, Santiago / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 02 Apr 2021 23:57 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    44 km (27.3 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 20 Feb 2021 00:48 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    39.2 km (24.4 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (10 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details

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