Earthquakes list March 24, 2012 – Moderate earthquake near the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile

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USGS I Have Felt It values - Moderate to light shaking in average (MMI IV-V)

M 5.2      2012/03/24 07:28     Depth 68.8 km      REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE
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This means an earthquake has struck Chile
Universidad de Chile is not reachable
Other agencies have no values yet
The first “experience reports” we are receiving are mentioning a strong shaking in Santiago de Chile
USGS is mentioning a preliminary Magnitude of 5.1 @ a depth of 66.7 km
If these data are confirmed, the earthquake would not be damaging
The epicenter has been (preliminary) located at 50 km from Santiago de Chile (capital)
The fact that the epicenter is located so close to the Chilean capital is the reason why millions of people have felt this earthquake as very dangerous.  The depth of 60 km gives almost the same shaking values in Santiago than in the epicentral area.
Update 08:00 UTC : Universidad de Santiago de Chile is reporting a M 5.3 at a depth of 68.9 km. These data are confirming our earlier stated expectations that this earthquake would not lead to serious damage or injuries
Update 08:51 UTC : This earthquake is a typical “subduction earthquake“. The Oceanic Nazca plate is subducting (gliding below) the continental South American plate. This gliding effect is not always smooth, and the Nazca plate sometimes hangs (stops moving). The continuous moving of the Nazca plate increases the pressure and the resistance point breaks off : earthquake. The depth of 69 km gives an approx. impression of the thickness of the South American plate at the epicenter (of course theoretically, as the breaking point maybe also deeper or shallower)
Update 09:07 UTC : Onemi Chile has had (as expected) NO reports of damages or injuries
MMI values as recorded by ONEMI Chile
Región: Coquimbo
MMI V : Canela, Los Vilos, Salamanca
Región: Valparaíso
MMI V : Casablanca, Concón, El Quisco, La Ligua, Los Andes, Quillota, San Antonio, San Felipe, Valparaíso, Villa Alemana, Viña del Mar, Zapallar
MMI IV : Quintero
Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Puente Alto, San Bernardo, Santiago, Talagante, Tiltil
Región: Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins
Rancagua: IV

M 4.8      2012/03/24 04:43     Depth 13.9 km      NAMIBIA
06:43:52 AM at epicenter – Epicenter location see below in list
Rather strong earthquake in the unpopulated astonishing beautiful Namibian dunes desert (World heritage site SossusVlei is not far away).
286 km (177 miles) N of Swakopmund, Namibia

Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC – Click here for conversion in your local time.

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Northern East Pacific Rise Mar 24 23:03 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Northern East Pacific Rise Mar 24 23:03 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 24 21:54 4.7 15 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 24 21:54 4.8 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 24 21:54 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Tonga Mar 24 20:53 4.8 102 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tonga Mar 24 20:53 4.7 100 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Tonga Islands Mar 24 20:53 4.6 79 MAP I Felt It
USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Mar 24 20:47 4.9 43 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Mar 24 20:47 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Hawaii Mar 24 20:47 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Mar 24 19:41 5.0 37 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Mar 24 19:41 5.0 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Mar 24 17:47 4.6 175 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Mar 24 17:47 4.7 169 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Banda Sea Mar 24 17:47 4.6 152 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Peru Mar 24 14:39 4.5 148 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Peru Mar 24 14:39 4.7 157 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Peru Mar 24 14:39 4.7 154 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Mar 24 13:24 4.5 168 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Mar 24 13:24 4.8 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Solomon Islands Mar 24 13:24 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Peru-bolivia Border Region Mar 24 11:46 4.5 144 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tarapaca, Chile Mar 24 11:46 4.5 148 MAP I Felt It
USGS Tarapaca, Chile Mar 24 11:46 4.5 155 MAP I Felt It
USGS Region Metropolitana, Chile Mar 24 07:28 5.1 66 MAP I Felt It
  • Valparaiso - Just finnished my shower, I was at the 5th floor of a Hotel in Valparaiso and first heard the windows shaking, then felt dizzy and my knees weak, so I looked at the walls and they were oscillating. It was my first earthquake! Loved the experience only because nothing serious happened.
  • EMSC Region Metropolitana, Chile Mar 24 07:28 5.1 66 MAP I Felt It
  • Santiago chile - Strong shaking indicated
  • Santiago de Chile - Bed moving significantly
  • santiago, chile - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Santiago de Chile - Fast and furious strong shaking indicated
  • Santiago, Chile - Light shaking indicated
  • santiago - Movimientos verticales.......... aumento intensidad con el paso de los segundos...........
  • Valparaiso - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Santiago, Chile - As it was at night, the sensation of movement was strong, waking everyone in the house. The movement was accompanied by a very intense sound.
  • Chile - Good shake. Woke everyone up with a lot of noise including the animals.
  • Santiago de Chile - Wake us up. Bed and windows was shaking. It felt like a big shock wave. There was a bang sound. Our apartment is on fifth floor.
  • Valpariso Chile - Very early 4:25 AM. First shock woke me. Light shaking for a few seconds followed by more vigorous shaking for several more seconds. Total time was less than 30 seconds? No aftershocks noted. Not much emergency activity. I am on the coast so the thought of a Tsunami was a concern.
  • Curacavi, Chile - Strong shaking moved bed short lived but scary.
  • Santiago de Chile - The bed was shaking significantly, but nothing fell. It was strong enough to wake us up. There was a rumbling sound as well that grew distant and stopped shortly after the shaking stopped. The shaking lasted approximately ten seconds.
  • Santiago Penalolen - Woke up at around 4.30 in the night, it was a hard shaking, further a strange sound was heard during shaking, aftershock at 5.15, but much less, but never the less I woke up again.
  • Santiago de Chile - Bin kurz vor halb 5 durch das Schütteln und das Dröhnen aufgewacht. Danach war nichts mehr zu spüren.
  • Santiago - My first eathquake...
  • Chile - The bed swaying woke me up. I am on the 17th floor.
  • Santiago - Not sure what kind of scale shaking is the most appropriate as it was my first ever, and hope last one. wake around 4 in the morning with the shaking..
  • santiago - Woke with the.noise and first shake. Few seconds of calm and then another significant shake.
  • Valparaiso - Shook beds early in the morning and woke up three of six people in the room. Our son said that he felt as if the rafters were going to fall.
  • Talca Chili - Veel geluid weinig beweging.
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Mar 24 07:28 5.1 50 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Eastern Turkey Mar 24 06:57 4.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Mar 24 06:57 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The Coast Of Northern Peru Mar 24 06:52 4.4 72 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mid Indian Ridge Mar 24 05:58 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Crete, Greece Mar 24 05:55 4.8 31 MAP I Felt It
  • Pelekanos - Nothing shifted in the house although the house was rumbling some (source EMSC)
  • USGS Crete, Greece Mar 24 05:55 4.6 49 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Mar 24 05:25 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Iran-iraq Border Region Mar 24 05:25 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Iran-iraq Border Region Mar 24 05:25 4.9 16 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Namibia Mar 24 04:43 4.8 13 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Namibia Mar 24 04:43 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Namibia Mar 24 04:43 4.9 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Oaxaca, Mexico Mar 24 01:58 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Oaxaca, Mexico Mar 24 01:58 4.8 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico Mar 24 01:58 4.9 18 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    M 4.9      2012/03/23 15:34      Depth 10.0 km      VANUATU


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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