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Light earthquake: M4 quake has struck near Lagunillas in Venezuela



Earthquake location 8.5889S, -71.3714WA light earthquake with magnitude 4 (ml/mb) was detected on Saturday, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Lagunillas in Venezuela. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 05/12/15 / 2015-12-05 06:04:48 / December 5, 2015 @ 6:04 am. The temblor was detected at 01:34:48 / 1:34 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, -71.3714° West, 8.5889° North, depth 10 km. Id of earthquake: us20004fs8. Event ids that are associated: us20004fs8. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Epicenter of the event was 25 km (16 miles) from Mérida (c. 300 000 pop), 32 km (20 miles) from Mucumpiz (c. 215 300 pop), 15 km (9 miles) from Ejido (c. 106 900 pop), 31 km (19 miles) from El Vigía (c. 59 100 pop), 75 km (47 miles) from San Carlos del Zulia (c. 56 600 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Venezuela (c. 27 223 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was San Carlos del Zulia, Mucumpiz, El Vigía (min 5000 pop).

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

Questions or comments?

What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 8 km NNE of Lagunillas, Venezuela. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.3714° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 8.5889° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 8km NNE of Lagunillas, Venezuela Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-12-05 06:04:48 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-03 09:41:50 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -270 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 246 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 0.785 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.17 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 42 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 us20004fs8 Id of event.
Event Code 20004fs8 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004fs8, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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