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Light earthquake, 4.5 mag strikes near Ovalle in Chile

Earthquake location -30.3647S, -71.6939WA light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 54 kilometers (34 miles) from Ovalle in Chile on Thursday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 24.52 km (15 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 03:55:57 / 3:55 am (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us100047v2. Ids that are associated to the event: us100047v2. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 17/12/15 / 2015-12-17 06:55:57 / December 17, 2015 @ 6:55 am. Exact location of event, depth 24.52 km, -71.6939° West, -30.3647° South.

Epicenter of the event was 57 km (35 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 67 km (41 miles) from La Serena (c. 154 500 pop), 54 km (34 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Monte Patria, La Serena, Coquimbo (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days twelve, in the past 30 days thirty-four and in the last 365 days three hundred and fourty-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 54 km WNW of Ovalle, Chile.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.6939° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -30.3647° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 24.52 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 54km WNW of Ovalle, Chile Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-12-17 06:55:57 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-12-17 07:37:45 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -180 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 312 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.312 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.71 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 151 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us100047v2 Id of event.
Event Code 100047v2 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us100047v2, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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