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Under land 52 kilometer from Yurimaguas in Peru, a shallow Magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred just before midnight of Monday November 13th, 2023.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Peru, 52 kilometer (32 mi) west-northwest of Yurimaguas in Loreto. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 11 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Nov 13, 2023 23:48 (Lima Time)
- Nov 14, 2023 04:48 Universal Time.
Location: 52 km WNW of Yurimaguas, Loreto, Peru.
Coordinates 5°41'14"S 76°32'6"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 4.6
Detected by 66 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.067 .
Depth: 11 km (7 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake, it appears to have occurred under land with a magnitude not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Peru . Located 52 kilometer (32 mi) west-northwest of the epicenter of this earthquake, Yurimaguas (Loreto, Peru) is the nearest significant population center.

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
52 km (32 mi)
ESE from epicenter

Loreto, Peru.
62 km (39 mi)
SW from epicenter

San Martín, Peru.
81 km (50 mi)
WSW from epicenter

San Martín, Peru.
92 km (57 mi)
SSE from epicenter
La Banda

San Martín, Peru.
152 km (94 mi)
S from epicenter

San Martín, Peru.
159 km (99 mi)
WSW from epicenter

Amazonas, Peru.
167 km (104 mi)
S from epicenter

San Martín, Peru.
210 km (130 mi)
W from epicenter
La Peca

Amazonas, Peru.
211 km (131 mi)
W from epicenter
Bagua Grande

Amazonas, Peru.
251 km (156 mi)
W from epicenter

Cajamarca, Peru.
272 km (169 mi)
SW from epicenter

Cajamarca, Peru.
278 km (173 mi)
S from epicenter

San Martín, Peru.
289 km (180 mi)
SW from epicenter

La Libertad, Peru.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Risk of aftershocks?

We monitor for foreshocks or aftershocks that have a magnitude of 2.5+ and occur within 100km (62 mi) of the epicenter of this earthquake. So far no such earthquakes have been detected.

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

The chance that a significant earthquake like this one is followed by an even larger earthquake is not so large. On average, scientists estimate a 94% chance that a major earthquake will not be followed by an even larger one. It is still adviced to be aware of this risk

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since November 9th, 2023, when a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit 123 km (76 mi) further south. An even stronger magnitude 8 earthquake struck on May 26th, 2019.

In total, 63 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.6 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 2 months.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 4.6. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 11 km (7 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.


Last updated 03/12/23 07:08 (). As more information on this earthquake becomes available this article will be updated. This article is automatically composed based on data originating from multiple sources.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000laua
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20231114_0000230
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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