Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 78 km southwest of Tumbes, Peru, on Tuesday, 29 December 1970 at 08:01 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 35 km depth
Date & time: 29 Dec 1970 08:01:59 UTC
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.974°S / 81.02°W (South Pacific Ocean, Peru)
Nearby towns and cities:
8 km (5 mi) NW of Carpitas (pop: 39) --> See nearby quakes!
15 km (9 mi) N of Mancora (Talara) (pop: 9,100) --> See nearby quakes!
35 km (22 mi) NNW of La Breita (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
73 km (45 mi) NNE of Talara (pop: 99,100) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) SW of Tumbes (pop: 109,200) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) WSW of Zarumilla (pop: 16,900) --> See nearby quakes!
110 km (68 mi) NNW of Sullana (pop: 160,800) --> See nearby quakes!
140 km (87 mi) NNW of San Martin (pop: 130,000) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) NNW of Piura (pop: 325,500) --> See nearby quakes!
999 km (621 mi) NNW of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 5.9||35 km||near the coast of northern Peru||USGS|
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