Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 91 km south of Lima, Peru, on Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:51 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 91 km south of Lima, Peru, on Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:51 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 33 km depth

16 Jan 00:11 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 20 minutes.
16 Jan 00:12: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 41.0 to 33.0 km (from 25 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 8.8 km (5.5 mi) towards WSW.
Update Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 00:15
Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake 91 km south of Lima, Peru
4.6 quake 15 Jan 6:51 pm (GMT -5)
4.6 quake 15 Jan 6:51 pm (GMT -5)
A moderately shallow magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported early evening near Lima, Peru.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Friday 15 January 2021 at 6:51 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 33 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Las Salinas (pop. 520) located 59 km from the epicenter, Chilca (pop. 12,900) 60 km away, Quipa (pop. 29) 61 km away, San Hilarion (pop. 24) 61 km away, and Mala (pop. 17,300) 62 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include San Bartolo (pop. 5,700) located 67 km from the epicenter, Santa Rosa de Asia (pop. 340) 70 km away, La Palma (pop. 13) 72 km away, Buenos Aires (pop. 13) 74 km away, and Lima (pop. 7,737,000) 91 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 15 Jan 2021 23:51:13 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 15 Jan 2021 6:51 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 12.85°S / 77.17°W (South Pacific Ocean, Peru)
Nearby towns and cities:
59 km (37 mi) SW of Las Salinas (pop: 520) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) SSW of Santiago de Surco (pop: 251,600) --> See nearby quakes!
85 km (53 mi) S of San Isidro (pop: 68,300) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) SSW of San Francisco De Borja (pop: 105,100) --> See nearby quakes!
88 km (55 mi) S of Jesus Maria (pop: 66,200) --> See nearby quakes!
88 km (55 mi) S of Callao (pop: 813,300) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) S of Carmen De La Legua Reynoso (pop: 41,900) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) S of Breña (pop: 81,900) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) S of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) SSW of Santa Anita - Los Ficus (pop: 184,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 21.2°C (70 F), humidity: 89%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from SSE
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
M 4.641 kmNear the Coast of Central PeruUSGS

User reports for this quake (9)

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82.7 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It felt like a large truck was going by on the road outside but I knew it couldn't be that because we are on the 6th floor in our hotel.
82.1 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Surco, Lima / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Miraflores Lima / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Bang!
lima, / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
callao, la perla / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
Lima , La Molina / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : Fue más duradero y más fuerte de lo normal.
lima, peru / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
San Martin de Porres / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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