Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 58 km west of Minas de Marcona, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:49 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 58 km west of Minas de Marcona, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:49 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 10 km depth

20 Jan 23:02 UTC: First to report: USGS after 13 minutes.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 23:06
Light 4.8 quake hits near Minas de Marcona, Provincia de Nazca, Ica, Peru
4.8 quake 20 Jan 5:49 pm (GMT -5)
4.8 quake 20 Jan 5:49 pm (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred only 17 minutes ago 58 km northwest of Minas de Marcona, Peru, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Minas de Marcona, Provincia de Nazca, Ica, Peru, in the afternoon on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 5:49 pm local time. 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 European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 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 Hacienda Ullujaya (pop. 250) located 49 km from the epicenter, Minas de Marcona (pop. 15,500) 58 km away, San Juan de Marcona (pop. 12,800) 61 km away, Palpa (pop. 5,900) 72 km away, Nazca (pop. 23,600) 76 km away, and Santiago (pop. 10,400) 95 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Ica (pop. 246,800) located 108 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 22:49:26 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:49 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.0308°S / 75.6119°W (South Pacific Ocean, Peru)
Nearest volcano: Sara Sara (234 km / 145 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
49 km (30 mi) WNW of Miramar (pop: 31) --> See nearby quakes!
58 km (36 mi) WNW of Marcona (Nazca) (pop: 15,500) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) NW of San Juan de Marcona (pop: 12,800) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SW of Palpa (pop: 5,880) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) WSW of Nazca (pop: 23,600) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) S of Santiago (Ica) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
108 km (67 mi) S of Ica (pop: 246,800) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (100 mi) SSE of Pisco (pop: 61,900) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (117 mi) SSE of Chincha Alta (pop: 153,100) --> See nearby quakes!
366 km (227 mi) SSE of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 21.1°C (70 F), humidity: 87%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SSE
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
4.810 km57 Km WNW of Minas De Marcona, PeruUSGS
4.840 kmNEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERUEMSC
4.830 kmNear Coast of PeruGFZ

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
184.4 km N of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
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