A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.6 (ml/mb) was reported 46 kilometers (29 miles) from Ovalle in Chile on Thursday. Exact location of earthquake, -71.6762° West, -30.6613° South, depth 30.9 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10004c96. Id of event: us10004c96. The temblor was reported at 22:12:00 / 10:12 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 30.9 km (19 miles). Exact time and date of earthquake 08/01/16 / 2016-01-08 01:12:00 / January 8, 2016 @ 1:12 am UTC/GMT.
The epicenter was 85 km (53 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 94 km (58 miles) from La Serena (c. 154 500 pop), 46 km (29 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 69 km (43 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was La Serena, Coquimbo, Monte Patria (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop).
There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days eighteen and in the last 365 days four hundred and sixteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 46 km W of Ovalle, Chile.
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