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Light earthquake, 4.2 mag strikes near Ovalle in Chile

Earthquake location -30.7428S, -71.3946WA 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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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -71.3946° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -30.7428° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 53.18 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 24 km SW 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 2020-12-16 18:37:47 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-12-16 20:14:35 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 0.218 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.44 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 103 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mwr The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us7000crn7 Id of event.
Event Code 7000crn7 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000crn7, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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