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Light earthquake, 4.6 mag strikes near Ovalle in Chile

Earthquake location -30.644S, -71.588WA light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes 37 kilometers (23 miles) from Ovalle in Chile on Saturday. The temblor was reported at 09:24:07 / 9:24 am (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20005b0g. Id of event: us20005b0g. Exact location of event, longitude -71.588 West, latitude -30.644 South, depth = 30 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 30 km (19 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 19/03/16 / 2016-03-19 12:24:07 / March 19, 2016 @ 12:24 pm.

Earthquake epicenter was 80 km (50 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 88 km (55 miles) from La Serena (c. 154 500 pop), 38 km (23 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was La Serena, Coquimbo, Monte Patria (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been ten, in the last 10 days fourteen, in the past 30 days twenty-five and in the last 365 days four hundred and sixty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. 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: 37 km W of Ovalle, Chile.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.588° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -30.644° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 30 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 37km 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 2016-03-19 12:24:07 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-03 08:23:39 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 326 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 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 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 us20005b0g Id of event.
Event Code 20005b0g An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005b0g, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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