A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Esmeraldas in Ecuador. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 16/01/21 / 2021-01-16 10:55:45 / January 16, 2021 @ 10:55 am. Exact location, longitude -79.6466° West, latitude 1.226° North, depth = 36.47 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 36.47 km (23 miles). The temblor was reported at 10:55:45 / 10:55 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us7000d35e. Ids that are associated to the event: us7000d35e.
Close country/countries that might be effected, Ecuador (c. 14 791 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was San Lorenzo de Esmeraldas, Muisne, Valdez (min 5000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 30 km (18 miles) from Esmeraldas (c. 165 200 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from San Lorenzo de Esmeraldas (c. 20 200 pop), 80 km (50 miles) from Muisne (c. 13 400 pop), 74 km (46 miles) from Valdez (c. 11 400 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. 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.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 29 km N of Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
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