Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - 48 km west of Nazca, Ica, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:59 pm (GMT -5) -

Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - 48 km west of Nazca, Ica, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:59 pm (GMT -5)

Strong magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 26 km depth

20 Jan 23:06 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
21 Jan 07:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.4.
21 Jan 08:00: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 26.0 km (from 6.2 to 16.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 22 km (14 mi) towards NNE.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 23:12
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.3 just reported 40 km northwest of Minas de Marcona, Peru
5.3 quake 20 Jan 5:59 pm (GMT -5)
5.3 quake 20 Jan 5:59 pm (GMT -5)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.3 quake in Peru near Minas de Marcona, Provincia de Nazca, Ica, only 13 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the afternoon on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 5:59 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.4.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Minas de Marcona (pop. 15,500) located 40 km from the epicenter, and San Juan de Marcona (pop. 12,800) 45 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Nazca (pop. 23,600) located 61 km from the epicenter, Palpa (pop. 5,900) 66 km away, Santiago (pop. 10,400) 102 km away, Los Aquijes (pop. 7,800) 111 km away, and Ica (pop. 246,800) 115 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 22:59:15 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 5:59 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 26.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.88°S / 75.38°W (Provincia de Nazca, Ica, Peru)
Nearest volcano: Sara Sara (217 km / 135 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
31 km (19 mi) SW of La Banda (pop: 66) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) SSW of Palpa (pop: 5,880) --> See nearby quakes!
47 km (29 mi) NW of Marcona (Nazca) (pop: 15,500) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) W of Nazca (pop: 23,600) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (37 mi) NNW of San Juan de Marcona (pop: 12,800) --> See nearby quakes!
85 km (53 mi) SSE of Santiago (Ica) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) SSE of Ica (pop: 246,800) --> See nearby quakes!
158 km (98 mi) SE of Pisco (pop: 61,900) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (113 mi) SSE of Chincha Alta (pop: 153,100) --> See nearby quakes!
362 km (225 mi) SSE of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 21.9°C (71 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SSE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) 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.
5.426 kmNear Coast of PeruGFZ
5.510.4 km48 Km WNW of Minas De Marcona, PeruUSGS
5.639 kmNear Coast of PeruGeoAu

User reports for this quake (4)

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Lima (354.4 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
166.7 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Rhodes greece / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
peru, ica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : fuer largo e intenso  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 21 Jan 2021 00:27 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 23:09 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    27 km (16.8 mi) depth
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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