A light earthquake magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) strikes 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Ovalle in Chile on Wednesday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -71.3946 West, latitude -30.7428 South, depth = 53.18 km. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 18:37:47 / 6:37 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us7000crn7. Id of event: us7000crn7. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 53.18 km (33 miles). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 16/12/20 / 2020-12-16 18:37:47 / December 16, 2020 @ 6:37 pm.
Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Coquimbo, Monte Patria, Ovalle (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Chile (c. 16 746 000 pop). Event epicenter was 88 km (55 miles) from Coquimbo (c. 161 300 pop), 24 km (15 miles) from Ovalle (c. 77 100 pop), 42 km (26 miles) from Monte Patria (c. 13 900 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fifty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected 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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 24 km SW of Ovalle, Chile. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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