A light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Ovalle in Chile. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 24.68 km (15 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event id: us20005a5t. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20005a5t. Exact location of event, longitude -71.3309 West, latitude -31.0149 South, depth = 24.68 km. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 10:41:34 / 10:41 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global time and date of event 16/03/16 / 2016-03-16 13:41:34 / March 16, 2016 @ 1:41 pm UTC/GMT.
Epicenter of the event was 48 km (30 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 70 km (44 miles) from Illapel (c. 22 800 pop), 50 km (31 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop), 92 km (57 miles) from Salamanca (c. 13 300 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Salamanca, Illapel, Monte Patria (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop).
There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been seventeen, in the last 10 days twenty-one, in the past 30 days thirty-four and in the last 365 days four hundred and sixty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity 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: 47 km SSW of Ovalle, Chile.
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