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M 5.8 in Chile on 12 Aug 2017 12:54 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 5.8 M
  • Depth: 6.64 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us2000a7kk
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -30.2391, -72.2632
  • Time (UTC): 12 Aug 2017 12:54:12
  • Time (ECT): 12 Aug 2017 14:54:12

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1177159 0

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1177159
1 realtime 2017-08-12 15:15:27 20 thousand 0
  Earthquake 194759
0 realtime 2017-08-12 15:15:27 20 thousand No people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
1 realtime 2017-08-12 16:57:31 No people affected No people affected 0
12 Aug 2017 12:54 5.8M, 6.64km N/A 20 thousand 00:20 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 18000 people
75 km 1800 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in Chile , Region of Coquimbo (population 520,420) . The nearest places are and Puetro Aldea.

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
Coquimbo Chile 520000 people
Atacama Chile 230000 people
San Juan Argentina 540000 people
Valparaiso Chile 1.4 million people
Mendoza Argentina 1.4 million people
La Rioja Argentina 220000 people
Region Metropolitana Chile 5.1 million people
Catamarca Argentina 270000 people
Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Chile 710000 people
Antofagasta Chile 420000 people
Maule Chile 860000 people

Affected Populated Places

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Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Puetro Aldea Coquimbo Chile Village5 - 68 km

Critical infrastructure

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