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Light earthquake: M4.2 quake has struck near Ovalle in Chile

Earthquake location -30.4432S, -72.0521WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was reported 83 kilometers (52 miles) from Ovalle in Chile on Tuesday. Event id: us200050ks. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us200050ks. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 10:49:34 / 10:49 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 16/02/16 / 2016-02-16 15:49:34 / February 16, 2016 @ 3:49 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 18.17 km (11 miles). Exact location of earthquake, -72.0521° West, -30.4432° South, depth 18.17 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

The epicenter was 88 km (54 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 84 km (52 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Coquimbo, Ovalle (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 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 one, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days eighteen and in the last 365 days four hundred and seventeen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city 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: 83 km WNW of Ovalle, Chile.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -72.0521° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -30.4432° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 18.17 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 83km 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 2016-02-16 15:49:34 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-16 17:54:34 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -300 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 271 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 0.427 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.83 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 201 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 us200050ks Id of event.
Event Code 200050ks An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us200050ks, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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