A light earthquake with magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 33 kilometers (21 miles) from Ovalle in Chile. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 21/10/15 / 2015-10-21 18:45:46 / October 21, 2015 @ 6:45 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was reported at 15:45:46 / 3:45 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 42.82 km (27 miles). Id of earthquake: us10003qbf. Event ids that are associated: us10003qbf. Exact location of earthquake, -71.3796° West, -30.8537° South, depth 42.82 km.
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Coquimbo, Illapel, Monte Patria (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 100 km (62 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 33 km (20 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Illapel (c. 22 800 pop), 44 km (27 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days twenty-six, in the past 30 days one hundred and twenty and in the last 365 days two hundred and ninety-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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