M 5.6 in Chile on 30 Jan 2019 07:44 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.6M
Depth: 38.64 Km
Lat/Lon: -25.9299 , -70.7335
Event Date: 30 Jan 2019 07:44 UTC
30 Jan 2019 04:44 Local
Exposed Population: About 16000 people in MMI>=IV
About 28000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us1000iryd
Inserted at: 30 Jan 2019 08:01 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 3 (Chile)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us1000iryd Scaled population (vector) 0  
  C1 shakemap -1.16  
  C2 shakemap 0.54  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.75  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1246740 0 30 Jan 2019 07:44 5.6M, 38.64km 4.38 30 thousand 00:17 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Chile , Region of Antofagasta (population 423,780) . The nearest places are Placilla de Esmeralda, Pan de Azúcar, Posada de los Hidalgos, Cifuncho, Carrizalillo, Chañaral, El Barquito, Refresco Seco, Placilla, Taltal, and El Salado.

Radius Population
100 km 28000 people
75 km 18000 people
50 km 10000 people
20 km <1000 people
10 km <1000 people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Antofagasta Chile 420000 people
Atacama Chile 230000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Placilla de Esmeralda Antofagasta Chile Village - 17 km
Pan de Azúcar Atacama Chile Village - 26 km
Posada de los Hidalgos Antofagasta Chile Village - 26 km
Cifuncho Antofagasta Chile Village - 32 km
Carrizalillo Atacama Chile Village - 40 km
Chañaral Atacama Chile Village - 48 km
El Barquito Atacama Chile Village - 48 km
Refresco Seco Antofagasta Chile Village - 54 km
Placilla Atacama Chile Village - 63 km
Taltal Antofagasta Chile Village 9800 people 64 km
Sierra Overa Atacama Chile Village - 68 km
El Salado Atacama Chile Village - 68 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Chanaral CNR 30 Civ. Paved No 4000 46 km
Las Breas TTC 786 Civ. Paved No 4500 55 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Chanaral CLCNR Chile 46 km
Barquito CLBAR Chile 48 km
Taltal CLTTC Chile 64 km

More information

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