A light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Saturday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 11:54:24 / 11:54 am (local time epicenter). 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 121.09 km (75 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 18/03/17 / 2017-03-18 15:54:24 / March 18, 2017 @ 3:54 pm. Event id: us20008t0d. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20008t0d. Exact location of event, longitude -68.45 West, latitude -22.9645 South, depth = 121.09 km.
Country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 75 km (47 miles) from Calama (c. 143 100 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Calama.
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 two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days fourty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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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. Read more about the earthquake, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 24 km WSW of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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