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Mag. 4.5 earthquake - 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, on Friday, May 7, 2021 04:46 pm (Lima time)

Mag. 4.5 earthquake - 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, on Friday, May 7, 2021 04:46 pm (Lima time) Mag. 4.5 earthquake - 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, on Friday, May 7, 2021 04:46 pm (Lima time)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 20 km depth

7 May 21:56 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 10 minutes.
Update Fri, 7 May 2021, 22:00

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake 5 km northwest of Piura, Peru

4.5 quake 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, 7 May 4:46 pm (GMT -5)
4.5 quake 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, 7 May 4:46 pm (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred only 14 minutes ago 5 km northwest of Piura, Peru, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 20 km beneath the epicenter near Piura, Provincia de Piura, Peru, in the afternoon on Friday 7 May 2021 at 4:46 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.
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 Miraflores (pop. 860) located 4 km from the epicenter, San Martin (pop. 130,000) 5 km away, Piura (pop. 325,500) 5 km away, Catacaos (pop. 57,300) 13 km away, Sullana (pop. 160,800) 28 km away, La Union (pop. 34,800) 30 km away, Marcavelica (pop. 25,600) 31 km away, and Querecotillo (pop. 25,400) 35 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 details

Date & timeMay 7, 2021 21:46:27 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, May 7, 2021 04:46 pm (America/Lima GMT -5)
Depth20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.15°S / 80.65°W Piura, Piura, Peru
Antipode5.15°N / 99.35°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt3 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 28.9°C (84 F), humidity: 45%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from SSW
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
4 km (3 mi)
ESE of epicenter
(pop: 859)
Piura, Piura
5 km (3 mi)
SSW of epicenter
San Martin
(pop: 130,000)
Piura, Piura
5 km (3 mi)
SSE of epicenter
(pop: 325,500)
13 km (8 mi)
SSW of epicenter
(pop: 57,300)
Piura, Piura
28 km (17 mi)
N of epicenter
(pop: 160,800)
30 km (19 mi)
SSW of epicenter
La Union
(pop: 34,800)
Piura, Piura
31 km (19 mi)
NNW of epicenter
(pop: 25,600)
Provincia de Sullana, Piura
35 km (22 mi)
N of epicenter
(pop: 25,400)
Provincia de Sullana, Piura
42 km (26 mi)
NE of epicenter
Tambo Grande
(pop: 30,000)
Piura, Piura
864 km (537 mi)
SSE of epicenter
(pop: 7,737,000)
Not felt
Lima Province
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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.
Mag Depth Time GMT Epicenter Agency
4.5 20 km (12 mi) 2021-05-7 21:46:27 NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN PERU EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)


Seismic station: Tumaco, Narino, Colombia (TUM/CM network) | Distance from quake: 804 km / 500 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tumaco, Narino, Colombia: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User-reports for this quake (4)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Vichayito / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short
Piura (7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
San juan de lurigancho / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Sullana (26.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s

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