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Light earthquake: M4.6 quake has struck near Aratoca in Colombia

Earthquake location 6.7376S, -72.953WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Aratoca in Colombia on Thursday. Exact location, longitude -72.953° West, latitude 6.7376° North, depth = 171.44 km. Id of earthquake: us60008ask. Event ids that are associated: us60008ask. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 21:38:57 / 9:38 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 171.44 km (107 miles) below the earth’s surface. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 06/03/20 / 2020-03-06 02:38:57 / March 6, 2020 @ 2:38 am.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Colombia (c. 47 790 000 pop). The epicenter was 47 km (29 miles) from Bucaramanga (c. 571 800 pop), 39 km (24 miles) from Floridablanca (c. 252 300 pop), 44 km (27 miles) from Girón (c. 108 500 pop), 30 km (19 miles) from Piedecuesta (c. 86 400 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Pamplona (c. 53 600 pop), 28 km (18 miles) from San Gil (c. 33 600 pop), 25 km (15 miles) from Málaga (c. 18 700 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Sabana de Torres, El Playón (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 fourty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city 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: 8 km ENE of Aratoca, Colombia.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -72.953° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 6.7376° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 171.44 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 8km ENE 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 2020-03-06 02:38:57 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-03-06 03:17:19 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -300 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 326 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 2.321 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.2 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 62 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 us60008ask Id of event.
Event Code 60008ask An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us60008ask, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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