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Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 46 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 2:19 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 46 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 2:19 pm (GMT -5) Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 46 km northwest of Caracas, Ecuador, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 2:19 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Mar 19:24 UTC: First to report: RaspberryShake after 5 minutes.
17 Mar 19:28: Magnitude recalculated from 3.6 to 4.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 4.0 km (from 6.2 to 2.5 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 8.9 km (5.6 mi) towards N.
17 Mar 21:22: Now using data updates from USGS

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 17, 2023 19:19:23 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 17, 2023 at 2:19 pm (GMT -5)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude0.256°S / 80.6624°W (South Pacific Ocean, Ecuador)
Antipode0.256°N / 99.338°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoQuilotoa (207 km / 129 mi)
Nearby towns and cities46 km (29 mi) NW of Caracas (Cantón Sucre) (pop: 37,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
79 km (49 mi) N of Manta (pop: 183,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
80 km (50 mi) NW of Chone (pop: 44,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
86 km (53 mi) NW of Calceta (Bolivar) (pop: 17,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
88 km (55 mi) N of Montecristi (pop: 18,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) NNW of Portoviejo (pop: 170,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
232 km (144 mi) NNW of Guayaquil (pop: 1,952,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
238 km (148 mi) W of Quito (pop: 1,399,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 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.
4.510 km46 Km NW of Bahía De Caráquez, EcuadorUSGS
4.510 kmNear Coast Of EcuadorIRIS
4.510 kmNear Coast of EcuadorRaspberryShake


Seismic station: Santa Helena, Medellin, Colombia (HEL/CM network) | Distance from quake: 916 km / 569 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Santa Helena, Medellin, 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: 0.2-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (1)

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Canoa, Manabi, Ecuador (32.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : slight moving while I was lying in bed  

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