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Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 39 km northwest of Chimbote, Peru, on Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 at 3:19 am (GMT -5) -

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 39 km northwest of Chimbote, Peru, on Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 at 3:19 am (GMT -5) Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 39 km northwest of Chimbote, Peru, on Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 at 3:19 am (GMT -5)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

16 Jul 08:23 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
16 Jul 08:24: Now using data updates from IGEPN
Update Sat, 16 Jul 2022, 08:30

Significant 5.0 quake hits near Chimbote, Provincia de Santa, Ancash, Peru

5.0 quake 16 Jul 3:19 am (GMT -5)
5.0 quake 16 Jul 3:19 am (GMT -5)
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.
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 & timeJul 16, 2022 08:19:10 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Jul 16, 2022 at 3:19 am (GMT -5)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.8°S / 78.78°W (South Pacific Ocean, Peru)
Antipode8.8°N / 101.22°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt5 reports
Primary data sourceIGEPN (Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito)
Nearby towns and cities22 km (13 mi) W of Huaca Corral (pop: 188) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) NW of Coishco (Provincia de Santa) (pop: 15,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) NW of Chimbote (pop: 317,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) S of Viru (Virú) (pop: 20,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) SSE of Moche (Trujillo) (pop: 22,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (50 mi) SSE of Trujillo (pop: 747,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (51 mi) SSE of Laredo (Trujillo) (pop: 24,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
408 km (254 mi) NNW of Lima (pop: 7,737,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 15.9°C (61 F), humidity: 88%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.010 kmNear Coast of Northern Peru, A 36.26 Km De ChimboteIGEPN

Seismograms

Seismic station: Otavalo, Ecuador (OTAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1006 km / 625 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Otavalo, Ecuador: 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. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (5)

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Carhuaz, Ancash (135.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Me despertó y sentí el vibrar de la casa. 2do piso. | One user found this interesting.  
Huaraz (160 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Vibración de 3 segundos, se movieron mis cosas como cuadros y librero | One user found this interesting.  
Yungar / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : I felt a little shaking and the glass of the window vibrate | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Huaraz (158.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Leve  
Huaraz / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : I'm scary  

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jul 25, 2022 11:39
18 weeks ago
3.7

60 km
South Pacific Ocean, 33 km SW of Viru, La Libertad, PeruMore

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