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Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 40 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 3:47 am (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 40 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 3:47 am (GMT -5) Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 40 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 3:47 am (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

12 Aug 08:56 UTC: First to report: IGEPN after 8 minutes.
12 Aug 09:00: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Fri, 12 Aug 2022, 09:00

Moderate 4.4 quake hits near Manta, Cantón Manta, Provincia de Manabi, Ecuador

4.4 quake 12 Aug 3:47 am (GMT -5)
4.4 quake 12 Aug 3:47 am (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred early morning on Friday, August 12th, 2022, at 3:47 am local time near Manta, Cantón Manta, Provincia de Manabi, Ecuador, 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 3 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.4 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Caracas (pop. 37,100) located 77 km from the epicenter, Manta (pop. 183,200) 93 km away, and Montecristi (pop. 18,400) 103 km away.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 12, 2022 08:47:58 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Aug 12, 2022 at 3:47 am (GMT -5)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude0.3167°S / 80.6415°W (South Pacific Ocean, Ecuador)
Antipode0.317°N / 99.359°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoQuilotoa (203 km / 126 mi)
Nearby towns and cities40 km (25 mi) NW of Caracas (Cantón Sucre) (pop: 37,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
72 km (45 mi) N of Manta (pop: 183,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) NW of Chone (pop: 44,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
79 km (49 mi) NW of Calceta (Bolivar) (pop: 17,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (50 mi) N of Montecristi (pop: 18,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
85 km (53 mi) NNW of Portoviejo (pop: 170,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
225 km (140 mi) NNW of Guayaquil (pop: 1,952,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
236 km (146 mi) W of Quito (pop: 1,399,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 21.3°C (70 F), humidity: 86%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released1.8 x 1011 joules (49.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 42.5 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.
4.310 kmNear Coast of Ecuador, A 77.92 Km De Bahia De CaraquezUSGS
4.310 kmNear Coast of EcuadorRaspberryShake
4.55 km39 Km NW of Bahía De Caráquez, EcuadorIGEPN


Seismic station: Otavalo, Ecuador (OTAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 251 km / 156 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 (1)

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I was sleeping and I woke up (39.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was sleeping and felt a vibration I thought it might have been near bye or somewhere in Ecuador.  

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