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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 52 km west of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, on Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 5:57 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 52 km west of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, on Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 5:57 pm (GMT -5) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 52 km west of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia, on Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 5:57 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 41 km depth

1 Mar 23:06 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
2 Mar 09:16: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 41.0 km (from 6.2 to 25 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 25 km (16 mi) towards NNE.
Update Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 23:12

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Medellin, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

5.1 quake 1 Mar 5:57 pm (GMT -5)
5.1 quake 1 Mar 5:57 pm (GMT -5)
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Medellin, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, was reported only 14 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 shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Monday 1 March 2021 at 5:57 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 4.9.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In San Francisco (pop. 2,800) located 18 km from the epicenter, Ciudad Bolivar (pop. 16,200) 26 km away, and Urrao (pop. 18,800) 29 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Caldas (pop. 65,600) located 56 km from the epicenter, La Estrella (pop. 49,400) 56 km away, Itagüi (pop. 281,900) 61 km away, Envigado (pop. 163,000) 62 km away, Medellin (pop. 2,000,000) 67 km away, and Bello (pop. 392,900) 71 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 1, 2021 22:57:44 UTC
Local time at epicenterMonday, Mar 1, 2021 at 5:57 pm (GMT -5)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth41.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.26°N / 76.03°W (Betulia, Antioquia, Colombia)
Antipode6.26°S / 103.97°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt184 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoRomeral (128 km / 80 mi)
Nearby towns and cities13 km (8 mi) ESE of Urrao (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
44 km (28 mi) WNW of La Estrella (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 49,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
45 km (28 mi) N of Ciudad Bolivar (pop: 16,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
47 km (29 mi) WNW of Sabaneta (pop: 34,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
47 km (30 mi) WNW of Caldas (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 65,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) W of Itagui (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 281,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) W of Envigado (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 163,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
52 km (32 mi) W of Medellin (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 2,000,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
53 km (33 mi) W of Bello (Departamento de Antioquia) (pop: 392,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
283 km (176 mi) NW of Bogota (Bogotá D.C.) (pop: 7,674,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 12.8°C (55 F), humidity: 98%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from W
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

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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.041 kmNorthern ColombiaGFZ
5.149 kmNORTHERN COLOMBIAEMSC
5.110 km11 Km S of Urrao, ColombiaUSGS
5.264 kmNorthern ColombiaGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Isla Barro Colorado, Panama (BCIP/CU network) | Distance from quake: 530 km / 329 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Isla Barro Colorado, Panama: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (194)

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Envigado / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : The strongest quake I have felt in 20 years in the city of Medellín | 15 users found this interesting.  
Filadelfia, Caldas (112.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Strong shaking in our apartment in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin. Enough to throw water from a pot on the stove and shake the equipment in the home gym. | 6 users found this interesting.  
Envigado, Antioquia (49.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Intenso, 7 segundos con intensidad muy fuerte | 4 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Medellín (47.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Felt it on a second floor house | 4 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Itagui (46.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I was on a call from work and I felt my chair move, my computer screen and when I look at my water beside me, I saw it moving as well. I felt the need to run, the sensation when the floor is going to crack open at any minute. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Envigado (49.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short : Small short 1 second shake, 2 to 3 second quiet delay then 2 second horzontal more intense shake. Tiped over one of several 6 gallon flower pots on the ground close to the front of the house. We have a farm house located on the east edge of the city about | 2 users found this interesting.  
Manizales /neira caldas (130 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It wasnt so bad. I thought it was just my dog under my bed until my mom told me to get out of the house | 2 users found this interesting.  
Sabaneta (48.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was two waves the first weak but 2nd stronger about 10+ seconds for both. Shook building and felt it on the 24th floor quite well | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Carrera 32 calle 46 48 Buenos Aires (52.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Se sintió moderadamente fuerte, duro mas o menos 10 segundos. Fue muy asustador dado que vivo en un cuarto piso y al lado tengo un edificio de 16 o más pisos | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Medellín, Colombia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : I live on the 7th floor of an apartment building and there was noticeable shaking with all objects on tables and counter tops moving around. My girlfriend freaked out and the dog looked worried. A few people evacuated vía the stairwell. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Medellin / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : Two shocks. First one relatively mild. Second one stronger and lasted longer. Could see TV moving on the wall. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Envigado / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : I noticed the earthquake because the bed I was in started shaking kinda aggressively, some neighbors went outside, some others just stared from the windows. It ended before we were able to evacuate our home | 2 users found this interesting.  
Medellin / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was in my apartment on the 9th floor. I was sitting on the sofa. At first, the sofa was moving like a massage pillow was under me. As that movement got stronger, a portable tv table started to rattle back and forth. A glass of water on the table shook. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Sabaneta / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : had a foreshock of a few seconds...then moderate back and forth rocking 10-15 seconds...im in a highrise building 13th floor | 2 users found this interesting.  
Bello (53.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Estaba viendo youtube cuando senti un empujon leve y luego unos segundos despues senti un empujon mas fuete y se cayeron varios platos | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Winnipeg / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : Light shaking. Upper levels felt stronger. No damage or risks | 3 users found this interesting.  
Medellin, Antioquia (52.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : My apartment building swung back and forth twice and then no more. | 2 users found this interesting.  
La Cejas / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : We are visiting my wife's parents in La Cejas Colombia. We were sitting in their downstairs living room when the earthquake occurred. It startled us at first then we realized what was happening. We felt the vibration which I would describe as moderate at | One user found this interesting.  
medellin / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Me encontraba en un segundo piso y las paredes se movieron de un lado al otro al igual que sentí el movimiento de un lado al otro y no como sacudidas arriba y abajo; es la primera vez que veo un movimiento que asuste durante un terremoto y también es la | One user found this interesting.  
El Poblado, Medellin / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : I was on the 18th floor of a hotel, felt a jolt and then a stronger shaking, the building definitely swayed back and forth a few times. I would say it lasted 6 or 7 seconds. | One user found this interesting.  
Girardota Antioquia Colombia / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Live on 3rd floor, I was seated and felt the room move slightly. The shake was enough to wake my daughter out of bed. She heard he closet bang against the wall | One user found this interesting.  
Sabaneta, Colombia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 15-20 s : We live on the 27th floor of an appartment building in Sabaneta. The building started to sway. Lasted about 20 seconds. There are 4 apartment towers. I did not see any damage to the towers. They are recent construction. People went outside worried about a | One user found this interesting.  
Envigado, barrio mesa / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : estaba haciendo tareas cuando senti el temblor fue un poco fuerte y fue 2 veces | 2 users found this interesting.  
Rionegro / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : In the 16th floor. Dogs barked building shook. Scary!! | 2 users found this interesting.  
FLORIDABLANCA (335.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : NO LO SENTI | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Sabaneta Antioquia (54 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Sacudida fuerte con varias réplicas | One user found this interesting.  
Envigado, Antioquia (50.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Shook building two shocks seconds apart. | One user found this interesting.  
Medellin (59.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : i felt my house and ceiling, vibrate south to north for a couple second | One user found this interesting.  
Medellin, Colombia / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : On march 8, 2021 at arround 6:30 am local time, I felt a weak shaking from Jose Maria Cordova Int'l airport.  
Abejorral / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Yo no senti nada al estar en mi cama en ese momento, pero al poner un pie en el suelo senti el temblor y escuche que varias cosas se estaban moviendo, pero cuando me di cuenta ya habia parado  
medellin in El Poblado / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It felt like something was grinding the building and the glass doors were shaking. It was over before I could process what was happening.  
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