An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred only 11 minutes ago 39 km northwest of Chimbote, Peru, the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Chimbote, Provincia de Santa, Ancash, Peru, early morning on Saturday, July 16th, 2022, at 3:19 am 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 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 Huaca Corral (pop. 190) located 22 km from the epicenter, Puerto Santa (pop. 14,100) 25 km away, and Coishco (pop. 15,100) 31 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Chimbote (pop. 317,000) located 39 km from the epicenter, Puente Viru (pop. 9,000) 42 km away, Viru (pop. 20,800) 43 km away, Moche (pop. 22,600) 74 km away, Trujillo (pop. 747,500) 81 km away, and Laredo (pop. 24,700) 81 km away.
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