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Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 78 km southwest of Mollendo, Peru, on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm (GMT -5) -

Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 78 km southwest of Mollendo, Peru, on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm (GMT -5) Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 78 km southwest of Mollendo, Peru, on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm (GMT -5)

Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

28 Feb 02:21 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 5 minutes.
28 Feb 02:22: Epicenter location corrected by 4.8 km (3 mi) towards ENE.
28 Feb 08:16: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.5. Epicenter location corrected by 7.7 km (4.8 mi) towards NW.
Update Sun, 28 Feb 2021, 02:27
Significant magnitude 5.2 quake hits 79 km southwest of Mollendo, Peru in the evening
5.2 quake 27 Feb 9:16 pm (GMT -5)
5.2 quake 27 Feb 9:16 pm (GMT -5)
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake near Mollendo, Provincia de Islay, Arequipa, Peru, was reported only 11 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 in the evening on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 9:16 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 5.3 earthquake.
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 Islay (Matarani) (pop. 4,800) located 77 km from the epicenter, Mollendo (pop. 29,000) 79 km away, Cocachacra (pop. 8,800) 93 km away, Camana (pop. 16,400) 112 km away, and Ilo (pop. 53,500) 118 km away.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeFeb 28, 2021 02:16:04 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm (GMT -5)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude17.55°S / 72.5°W (South Pacific Ocean, Peru)
Antipode17.55°N / 107.5°E
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoCerro Nicholson (167 km / 104 mi)
Nearby towns and cities75 km (46 mi) SW of Islay (pop: 4,820) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) SW of Mollendo (Provincia de Islay) (pop: 29,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
86 km (53 mi) WSW of Punta de Bombon (Provincia de Islay) (pop: 6,340) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
94 km (58 mi) SW of Cocachacra (Provincia de Islay) (pop: 8,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
123 km (77 mi) W of Ilo (pop: 53,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (100 mi) SW of Ciudad Satelite (pop: 76,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
164 km (102 mi) SW of Arequipa (pop: 841,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
167 km (104 mi) SW of Selva Alegre (pop: 72,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
171 km (106 mi) WSW of Moquegua (pop: 54,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
782 km (486 mi) SE of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 22.9°C (73 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from SE
Estimated seismic energy released1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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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.
5.510 kmNear Coast of PeruGFZ
5.59.7 km81 Km SW of Islay (Matarani), PeruUSGS
5.67.1 km158 Km Al O De Ilo, PeruGUG (U. Chile)
5.710 kmNear Coast of PeruGeoAu
5.310 kmNear Coast of PeruUSP

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Mar 1, 2021 01:40
1 year 12 weeks ago

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