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Light mag. 2.8 earthquake - 13 km northwest of Ibarra, Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador, on Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 4:46 am (GMT -5)

Light mag. 2.8 earthquake - 13 km northwest of Ibarra, Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador, on Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 4:46 am (GMT -5) Light mag. 2.8 earthquake - 13 km northwest of Ibarra, Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador, on Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 4:46 am (GMT -5)

Light magnitude 2.8 earthquake at 3 km depth

20 Mar 11:24 UTC: First to report: IGEPN after 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 20, 2021 09:46:40 UTC
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 4:46 am (GMT -5)
Depth3.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude0.43°N / 78.21°W (San Miguel de Urcuqui Canton, Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador)
Antipode0.43°S / 101.79°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt3 reports
Primary data sourceIGEPN (Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito)
Nearest volcanoChachimbiro (10 km / 6 mi)
Nearby towns and cities11 km (7 mi) N of Atuntaqui (Antonio Ante, Imbabura) (pop: 17,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
13 km (8 mi) NW of Ibarra (Imbabura) (pop: 133,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
23 km (14 mi) NNE of Otavalo (Imbabura) (pop: 32,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) W of Pimampiro (Imbabura) (pop: 7,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
44 km (27 mi) N of Cayambe (Pichincha) (pop: 26,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) WSW of San Gabriel (Montufar, Carchi) (pop: 15,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
77 km (48 mi) SW of Ipiales (Nariño, Colombia) (pop: 77,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (51 mi) NNE of Quito (Pichincha) (pop: 1,399,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (55 mi) NNE of Sangolqui (Rumiðahui, Pichincha) (pop: 5,110) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) SW of Tuquerres (Túquerres, Nariño, Colombia) (pop: 20,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1 x 109 joules (278 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.239 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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2.83 kmEcuador - Imbabura, A 10.88km De AtuntaquiIGEPN


Seismic station: Tumaco, Narino, Colombia (TUM/CM network) | Distance from quake: 165 km / 103 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tumaco, Narino, Colombia: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (3)

At magnitude 2.8, this quake might have been felt very close to the epicenter and under calm conditions.
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Cuenca, Ecuador / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santiago del Reyes / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : There was a heavy wind like sound and then one short lateral movement. All very mild.  
El tablon arriba de Iruguincho / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : I was teaching an online class during the shake.  

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