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Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 27 km southwest of Tulcan, Provincia del Carchi, Ecuador, on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022 at 11:50 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 27 km southwest of Tulcan, Provincia del Carchi, Ecuador, on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022 at 11:50 pm (GMT -5) Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 27 km southwest of Tulcan, Provincia del Carchi, Ecuador, on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022 at 11:50 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 5 km depth

22 Jun 04:54 UTC: First to report: IGEPN after 4 minutes.
22 Jun 04:56: Magnitude recalculated from 4.7 to 4.8. Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards WNW.
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27 Jun 23:28: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 4.0 to 4.9 km (from 2.5 to 3 mi).
Update Wed, 22 Jun 2022, 05:00

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes near Ipiales, Municipio de Ipiales, Departamento de Nariño, Colombia

4.8 quake 21 Jun 11:50 pm (GMT -5)
4.8 quake 21 Jun 11:50 pm (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred late at night on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, at 11:50 pm local time near Ipiales, Municipio de Ipiales, Departamento de Nariño, Colombia, as reported by the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 5 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 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.6, and the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 4.6.
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 Cumbal (pop. 7,500) located 21 km from the epicenter, and Tulcan (pop. 86,500) 28 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in San Gabriel (pop. 15,100) located 32 km from the epicenter, Pupiales (pop. 6,800) 37 km away, Ipiales (pop. 77,700) 37 km away, Tuquerres (pop. 20,200) 47 km away, Otavalo (pop. 32,300) 76 km away, and Pasto (pop. 382,200) 87 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 & timeJun 22, 2022 04:50:21 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Jun 21, 2022 at 11:50 pm (GMT -5)
Depth4.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude0.6776°N / 77.9174°W (Canton Espejo, Provincia del Carchi, Ecuador)
Antipode0.678°S / 102.083°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt8 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoCerro Negro de Mayasquer (17 km / 11 mi)
Nearby towns and cities7 km (4 mi) NNE of El Angel (Carchi) (pop: 3,980) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
13 km (8 mi) NW of San Gabriel (Montufar, Carchi) (pop: 15,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
27 km (17 mi) SW of Tulcan (Carchi) (pop: 86,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
35 km (22 mi) WSW of Ipiales (Nariño, Colombia) (pop: 77,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
51 km (31 mi) NE of Atuntaqui (Antonio Ante, Imbabura) (pop: 17,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
62 km (39 mi) NE of Otavalo (Imbabura) (pop: 32,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
121 km (75 mi) NNE of Quito (Pichincha) (pop: 1,399,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
174 km (108 mi) NE of Santo Domingo de los Colorados (Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas) (pop: 200,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 3.9°C (39 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 2 m/s (5 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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.
4.84.9 km6 Km NNE of El Ángel, EcuadorUSGS
4.84 kmColombia-Ecuador Border RegionRaspberryShake
4.610 kmColombia-Ecuador Border RegionGFZ
4.22 km4 Km NE of El Ángel, EcuadorIGEPN
4.81 km187 Km Al Norte De Esmeraldas, EcuadorINETER


Seismic station: Otavalo, Ecuador (OTAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 77 km / 48 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Otavalo, Ecuador: 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 (8)

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Tulcán / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Una sacudida fuerte al inicio y luego fue balanceándose fuertemente y poco a poco bajo la intensidad del balanceo hasta que paró.  
Tulcan, Cantón Tulcán, Carchi (27.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s
Riohacha (1328.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Movimiento de las cosas muy leve  
Tulcan, Cantón Tulcán, Carchi (27.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s
Pupiales (37.6 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s
Pasto, San Juan de Pasto, Nariño (93.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : In my beth watching tv  
Tulcán / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Un fuerte temblor que me despertó. Duró unos segundos, alrededor de 10 segundos  
TULCÁN / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Si se sintió fuerte me desperté  

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