Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 57 km southwest of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile, on Saturday, 13 Feb 2021 1:49 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 57 km southwest of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile, on Saturday, 13 Feb 2021 1:49 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 41 km depth

13 Feb 18:54 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
13 Feb 18:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 43.0 km (from 6.2 to 27 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 12 km (7.3 mi) towards E.
13 Feb 19:10: Now using data updates from GUG (U. Chile)
Update Sat, 13 Feb 2021, 19:03
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Iquique, Provincia de Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile
5.2 quake 13 Feb 1:49 pm (GMT -5)
5.2 quake 13 Feb 1:49 pm (GMT -5)
A moderately shallow magnitude 5.2 earthquake was reported around noon near Iquique, Provincia de Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday 13 February 2021 at 1:49 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 43 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Iquique (pop. 227,500) located 57 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 13 Feb 2021 18:49:42 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 13 Feb 2021 1:49 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 40.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.513°S / 70.595°W (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)
Nearest volcano: Irruputuncu (214 km / 133 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
57 km (35 mi) SW of Iquique (pop: 227,500) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) NNW of Tocopilla (pop: 24,500) --> See nearby quakes!
229 km (142 mi) S of Arica (pop: 186,000) --> See nearby quakes!
277 km (172 mi) NW of Calama (pop: 143,100) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) S of Tacna (Peru) (pop: 280,100) --> See nearby quakes!
330 km (205 mi) SSE of Ilo (Peru) (pop: 53,500) --> See nearby quakes!
350 km (217 mi) N of Antofagasta (pop: 309,800) --> See nearby quakes!
370 km (230 mi) S of Moquegua (Peru) (pop: 54,500) --> See nearby quakes!
458 km (285 mi) SW of Oruro (Bolivia) (pop: 208,700) --> See nearby quakes!
515 km (320 mi) SSW of La Paz (Bolivia) (pop: 812,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 27°C (81 F), humidity: 39%, wind: 12 m/s (24 kts) from SSW
Primary data source: GUG (U. Chile)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
5.241 km57 Km Al SO De Iquique, ChileGUG (U. Chile)
5.138 kmOCEANO PACIFICO (Argentina), ChileINPRES
5.214 km54 Km SW of Iquique, ChileUSGS
5.243 kmNear Coast of Northern ChileGFZ
5.322 kmNear Coast of Northern ChileGeoAu
5.110 kmOff Coast of Northern ChileUSP

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
1055.9 km S of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 19 Mar 2021 01:46 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    22.3 km (13.9 mi) depth
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details
  • 13 Feb 2021 19:57 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    41.6 km (25.8 mi) depth
    2 km (1 mi) distance
    | GUG (U. Chile) | Details

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