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Update 23:08 UTC : The depth should be considered as a normal depth for a subduction earthquake. The Nazca (oceanic) plate subducts below the South American continental plate.  During that movement, the oceanic plate hangs on some points and when the stress gets too big, the earthquake is triggered. 95% of all the Chile earthquakes are subduction earthquakes. 20 tot 30 km deep in the coastal areas and gradually deeper to the east.

Update 22:55 UTC : Universidad de Chile, Santiago reports a Magnitude of 4.9 at a depth of 44 km

Update 22:52 UTC : Preliminary value is a Magnitude of M5.0 at an undefined depth of 10 km (will be normally updated a little later). For Chile standards normally harmless

Update 22:49 : New intensity numbers from ONEMI
Región: Coquimbo
Salamanca:         IV
Región: Valparaíso
Algarrobo:          III
La Cruz:                V
Papudo:              V
Quillota:              V
Rinconada:         III
San Antonio:     III
San Felipe:         III
Santo Domingo: III
Valparaíso:         IV
Villa Alemana:   IV
Viña del Mar:    IV
Zapallar:              IV
Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Melipilla:             III
Puente Alto:      III
San Bernardo:   III
Santiago:             III
Talagante:          III
Tiltil:      IV
Región: Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins
Rancagua:           III

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Update 22:45 UTC : Sismo de mediana intensidad
Región: Valparaíso
Quillota:              V
Valparaíso:         IV
Viña del Mar:    IV
Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Puente Alto:      III
San Bernardo:   III
Santiago:             III
Tiltil:      IV
Región: Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins
Rancagua:           III

USGS data :
0km (0mi) SW of Hacienda La Calera, Chile
11km (7mi) NNE of Quillota, Chile
25km (16mi) N of Limache, Chile
25km (16mi) WNW of Llaillay, Chile
91km (57mi) NW of Santiago, Chile

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-02 19:39:37

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-02 22:39:37

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 56 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Jan 02 22:39 4.8 60 MAP I Felt It
  • Valparaiso - O tremor foi muito rápido e os móveis balançaram suavemente sem causar danos.
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Jan 02 22:39 4.8 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santiago - In a hotel, felt pretty light shaking and heard very small squeaking/settling noises in the building. Objects on the bed kept moving slightly for about 15 seconds after I felt it.
  • Valparaiso - 5 seconds of obvious shaking. Windows rattled. No damage.
  • Viña del Mar - I live in a new, seismic building. Have seen no damage ER: Great to hear that
  • Valparaiso - Just a quick jolt for a couple of seconds.
  • Algarrobo - departamento en un piso 13 del complejo san alfonso del mar se sintio las copas oscilaban mucho
  • Vinà del Mar - No damagefekt Ground shake for a while


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    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) ?
    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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