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Moderate earthquake: M5.6 quake has struck near Ovalle in Chile



Earthquake location -30.6613S, -71.6762WA 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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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.6762° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -30.6613° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 30.9 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 46km W 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 2016-01-08 01:12:00 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-08 01:24:29 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -180 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 3 The total number of felt reports
CDI 2 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 4.25 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 483 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 0.037 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.93 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 161 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mwr The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10004c96 Id of event.
Event Code 10004c96 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004c96, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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