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Light earthquake: M4.2 quake has struck near Aratoca in Colombia

Earthquake location 6.831S, -73.0405WA light earthquake magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) strikes 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Aratoca in Colombia on Friday. 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 152.13 km (95 miles). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -73.0405 West, latitude 6.831 North, depth = 152.13 km. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 12:27:30 / 12:27 pm (local time epicenter). Event id: us20005y4r. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20005y4r. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 20/05/16 / 2016-05-20 17:27:30 / May 20, 2016 @ 5:27 pm.

Close country/countries that might be effected, Colombia (c. 47 790 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 34 km (21 miles) from Bucaramanga (c. 571 800 pop), 26 km (16 miles) from Floridablanca (c. 252 300 pop), 30 km (19 miles) from Girón (c. 108 500 pop), 17 km (11 miles) from Piedecuesta (c. 86 400 pop), 74 km (46 miles) from Pamplona (c. 53 600 pop), 32 km (20 miles) from San Gil (c. 33 600 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Toledo, Sabana de Torres, Pamplona (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days thirty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. 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.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. Read more about the earthquake, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 15 km N of Aratoca, Colombia. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -73.0405° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 6.831° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 152.13 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 15km N of Aratoca, Colombia Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-05-20 17:27:30 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-05-27 15:38:20 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 1.427 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.38 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 41 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 us20005y4r Id of event.
Event Code 20005y4r An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005y4r, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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