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Light earthquake 4.6 mag, 47 km SSW of Ovalle, Chile

Earthquake location -31.0149S, -71.3309WA 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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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.3309° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -31.0149° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 24.68 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 47km SSW 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 2016-03-16 13:41:34 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-10 07:02:55 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 0.34 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 135 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 us20005a5t Id of event.
Event Code 20005a5t An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005a5t, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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