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Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - Peru-Ecuador Border Region on Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake  - Peru-Ecuador Border Region on Tuesday, 25 August 2020
25 Aug 05:25 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Aug 25 06:01: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 20.0 km.
Update Tue, 25 Aug 2020, 11:30
Magnitude 5.5 quake hits Piura region in northern Peru
Shakemap of this morning's quake in Peru (image: USGS)
Shakemap of this morning's quake in Peru (image: USGS)
A moderate 5.5 quake hit Peru's northern Piura region at 00:18 local time today. The epicenter was located 38 kilometers northwest of Máncora town in the Talara province and had a depth of 45 km, according to Peru's Geophysical Institute.
The quake was felt widely in northern Peru and southern Ecuador, in up to approx. 250 km distance. Many people near the epicenter reported moderate shaking, windows and roofs making noises due to the vibration, things falling from walls, lamps and fans swinging etc.
Fortunately, no significant damage seems to have been caused by the quake, which is due to the combination of the quake's moderate depth and the remoteness of the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: Tuesday, 25 August 2020 05:18 UTC
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.02°S / 80.8°W (Peru)
Nearby towns and cities:
9 km (6 mi) NW of Papayal (pop: 5,500)
28 km (17 mi) NE of La Breita (pop: 17,700)
29 km (18 mi) NE of Máncora (pop: 9,100)
126 km (78 mi) SW of Machala (pop: 198,100)
132 km (82 mi) N of Piura (pop: 325,500)
984 km (612 mi) NW of Lima (pop: 7,737,000)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Tue, 25 Aug 05:18 UTCM 5.6 / 20 kmPeru-Ecuador Border RegionGFZ
Tue, 25 Aug 05:18 UTCM 5.5 / 40 kmPeru-ecuador Border RegionEMSC
Tue, 25 Aug 05:18 UTCM 5.5 / 33.2 km11 Km WNW of Papayal, PeruUSGS
Tue, 25 Aug 05:18 UTCM 5.5 / 58.1 kmPeru-Ecuador Border RegionGeoAu
Tue, 25 Aug 05:18 UTCM 5.5 / 31 km15 Km Al Este-SE De Mancora, Talara - Piura (Peru)IGP

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228.3 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was in bed and heard a sharp sound which was followed a short time later by a shaking of the building. | One user found this interesting.
DISTRITO PARIÑAS PROVINCIA DE TALARA DEPARTAMENTO (80.2 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : FUERTE TEMBLOR DURACION 20 SEG BANDADAS DE GALLINAZOS VOLABAN SOBRE EL CIELO LA CIUDAD ESTA CIRCUNDANDA DE CERROS QUE LES SIRVEN DE GUARIDA (reported through our app)
Cuenca (228.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : 10-15 seconds of light shaking. | One user found this interesting.
Cuenca EC (234.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Rolling shaking for several seconds.Didnt wake husband but woke me and dogs. | One user found this interesting.
Cuenca (230.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Loja, Ecuador (178.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
232.8 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
129.2 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Machala, Provincia de El Oro, Ecuador (127.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Nos asustamos. (reported through our app)
127.4 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Piura (127.9 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I didn't felt it, I realized that this happened because my friends posted on Facebook.
29.3 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
6.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
236.6 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
233.5 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Las ventanas sonaban por el Fuerte movimiento pero se detuvo unos segundos después. (reported through our app)
Loja ecuador (176.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
El oro (128.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Me asuste mucuo
Loja (178 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
110.8 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
235.6 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
230 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
116.2 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
134.6 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Cuenca Ecuador (245.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
233.8 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
177.3 km E of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
221.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
81.7 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Fuerte (reported through our app)
Punta sal peru / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Floor shook really hard, windows sounded like cracking, a painting fell down so as a ceramic sculpture. The energy went off and people started moving to the tsunami safety zone. | 8 users found this interesting.
Cuenca, Ecuador / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : My husband and I felt slow wave like movement, similar to being on water. We were in bed 6 stories up. | One user found this interesting.
vilcabamba, ecuador / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke me up, seemed like two phases over maybe 25 seconds. Bed movement, open doors on property slammed open and shut. | One user found this interesting.
Loja Province between Vilcabamba and Malacatos. 12 / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Dogs started barking before the rolling began. Not really shaking. More like gentle rolling waves. | 2 users found this interesting.
Negritos / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Felt waves pass through the house here in Negritos. | One user found this interesting.
Piura / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Earthquake lasted around 30 seconds, felt long. the bed was waving. Fan on the ceiling moved. | One user found this interesting.
MAncora / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : 2 shakes of 20 second duration with 19 second gap between | One user found this interesting.
Negritos / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Felt waves pass through the house here in Negritos.
Gualaceo Ecuador / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cuenca Ecuador / not felt
Piura- sullana / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Cuenca Ecuador / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cuenca, Ecuador / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Cuenca Ecuador / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Mancora / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Guayaquil / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Catamayo, Ecuador / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Loja - Ecuador / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Guayaquil, Mendiburo y Cordova - Centro de Guayaqu / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Movimiento muy suave se sintió en Guayaquil, sector centro de la ciudad de Guayaquil
Zaruma / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
vilcabamba, ecuador / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Máncora (Peru, 24 km W of epicenter) : Just moderate noise and light shaking not one damage. | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)
Máncora (Peru, 24 km W of epicenter) : Nothing is broken at home, but we got really scared due to the magnitude | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)
Catamayo (Ecuador, 165 km E of epicenter) : Woke us up and seemed to have 2 tremors (reported through EMSC)
Cuenca (Ecuador, 242 km NE of epicenter) : Se sintió moderadamente en Cuenca, aqui duro solo unos cuantos segundos (reported through EMSC)
Guayaquil (Ecuador, 233 km NE of epicenter) : Fue fuertesito me tumbo de la cama guayas (reported through EMSC)
Guayaquil (Ecuador, 233 km NE of epicenter) : Significativo en Guayaquil (reported through EMSC)
28 de Mayo (Ecuador, 213 km E of epicenter) : 3rd floor (reported through EMSC)
Cariamanga (Ecuador, 146 km E of epicenter) : Fuerte y largo (reported through EMSC)
Machala (Ecuador, 132 km NE of epicenter) : 15 segundos aprox. Movimientos laterales perceptibles en reposo (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.6 quake: Peru-Ecuador Border Region, 25 Aug 2020 05h18

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 25 Aug 2020 05:53 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    25 km (15.5 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | IGP | Details

Map of aftershocks

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Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - Peru-Ecuador Border Region on Tuesday, 25 August 2020

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