Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 5.3 km north of Piura, Peru, on 7 May 4:46 pm (GMT -5) -
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, 22:00Moderate 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)
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.
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Date & time: 7 May 2021 21:46:27 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
7 May 4:46 pm (GMT -5)
Depth: 20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.15°S / 80.65°W
(Provincia de Piura
Nearby towns and cities:4 km (3 mi) WNW of Miraflores
(pop: 859) --> See nearby quakes!5 km (3 mi) NNE of San Martin
(pop: 130,000) --> See nearby quakes!5 km (3 mi) NNW of Piura
(pop: 325,500) --> See nearby quakes!13 km (8 mi) NNE of Catacaos
(pop: 57,300) --> See nearby quakes!28 km (17 mi) S of Sullana
(pop: 160,800) --> See nearby quakes!30 km (19 mi) NNE of La Union (Piura)
(pop: 34,800) --> See nearby quakes!31 km (19 mi) SSE of Marcavelica (Sullana)
(pop: 25,600) --> See nearby quakes!35 km (22 mi) S of Querecotillo (Sullana)
(pop: 25,400) --> See nearby quakes!42 km (26 mi) SW of Tambo Grande (Piura)
(pop: 30,000) --> See nearby quakes!864 km (537 mi) NNW of Lima
(pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 28.9°C
(84 F), humidity: 45%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from SSW
Primary data source: EMSC
(European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011
joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) More info
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.
|4.5||20 km||NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN PERU||EMSC|
User reports for this quake (4)
Piura (7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Sullana (26.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Vichayito / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short
San juan de lurigancho / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900
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