Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 52 km west of Nazca, Ica, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 6:09 pm (GMT -5) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 52 km west of Nazca, Ica, Peru, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 6:09 pm (GMT -5)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 27 km depth

20 Jan 23:19 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
20 Jan 23:25: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 27.0 km (from 6.2 to 16.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards NW.
21 Jan 08:08: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 23:24
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.5 just reported 45 km northwest of Minas de Marcona, Peru
5.5 quake 20 Jan 6:09 pm (GMT -5)
5.5 quake 20 Jan 6:09 pm (GMT -5)
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake near Minas de Marcona, Provincia de Nazca, Ica, Peru, was reported only 15 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early evening on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 6:09 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1.
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 La Banda (pop. 66) located 35 km from the epicenter, Minas de Marcona (pop. 15,500) 45 km away, Palpa (pop. 5,900) 49 km away, Nazca (pop. 23,600) 51 km away, and San Juan de Marcona (pop. 12,800) 56 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Santiago (pop. 10,400) located 88 km from the epicenter, Los Aquijes (pop. 7,800) 97 km away, and Ica (pop. 246,800) 101 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 23:09:19 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 6:09 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 27.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.9°S / 75.42°W (Provincia de Nazca, Ica, Peru)
Nearest volcano: Sara Sara (214 km / 133 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
35 km (22 mi) SW of La Banda (pop: 66) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) SSW of Palpa (pop: 5,880) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) NW of Marcona (Nazca) (pop: 15,500) --> See nearby quakes!
52 km (32 mi) W of Nazca (pop: 23,600) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (36 mi) NNW of San Juan de Marcona (pop: 12,800) --> See nearby quakes!
86 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!
157 km (98 mi) SSE of Pisco (pop: 61,900) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (114 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:
Broken Clouds 19.7°C (67 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from SSW
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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.
5.327 kmNear Coast of PeruGFZ
5.310 km45 Km SW of Changuillo, PeruUSGS
5.139 kmNear Coast of PeruGeoAu

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 21 Jan 2021 00:27 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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