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In the South Pacific Ocean 106 kilometer from Trujillo, Peru, a significant M5.2 earthquake occurred in the evening of Saturday February 3rd, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the South Pacific Ocean, 71 kilometers (44 mi) off the coast of Peru, 106 kilometer west of Trujillo in La Libertad. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 35 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Feb 3, 2024 18:30 (Lima Time)
- Feb 3, 2024 23:30 Universal Time.
Location: 106 km west of Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru.
Coordinates 8°3'55"S 79°59'26"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 16 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.078 .
Depth: 35 km (22 mi)
A quite shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Peru . Located 84 kilometer (52 mi) west-southwest of the epicenter of this earthquake, Paiján (La Libertad, Peru) is the nearest significant population center.

Major cities near this earthquake: Trujillo is located 106 km to the east. Chiclayo is located 145 km to the north. Chimbote is located 192 km to the south-east.

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

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
84 km (52 mi)
E from epicenter
Santiago de Cao

La Libertad, Peru.
84 km (52 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Paiján

La Libertad, Peru.
87 km (54 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Pacasmayo

La Libertad, Peru.
89 km (55 mi)
NE from epicenter
San Pedro de Lloc

La Libertad, Peru.
90 km (56 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Chocope

La Libertad, Peru.
106 km (66 mi)
E from epicenter
Trujillo

La Libertad, Peru.
106 km (66 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Guadalupe

La Libertad, Peru.
109 km (68 mi)
E from epicenter
Moche

La Libertad, Peru.
112 km (70 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Chepén

La Libertad, Peru.
113 km (70 mi)
E from epicenter
Laredo

La Libertad, Peru.
133 km (83 mi)
N from epicenter
Monsefú

Lambayeque, Peru.
135 km (84 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Saña

Lambayeque, Peru.
137 km (85 mi)
N from epicenter
Pimentel

Lambayeque, Peru.
142 km (88 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Virú

La Libertad, Peru.
145 km (90 mi)
N from epicenter
Chiclayo

Lambayeque, Peru.
152 km (94 mi)
N from epicenter
Lambayeque

Lambayeque, Peru.
152 km (94 mi)
N from epicenter
Picsi

Lambayeque, Peru.
153 km (95 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Pátapo

Lambayeque, Peru.
160 km (99 mi)
N from epicenter
Ferreñafe

Lambayeque, Peru.
172 km (107 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Chongoyape

Lambayeque, Peru.
185 km (115 mi)
SE from epicenter
Coishco

Ancash, Peru.
192 km (119 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Cajamarca

Cajamarca, Peru.
192 km (119 mi)
SE from epicenter
Chimbote

Ancash, Peru.
214 km (133 mi)
E from epicenter
Huamachuco

La Libertad, Peru.
293 km (182 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Jaén

Cajamarca, Peru.
294 km (183 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Sechura

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

Shaking reported by 1 person

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 1 person has reported shaking in one place in Peru.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Santa Rosa, Lambayeque, Peru: 1 person.

Risk of aftershocks?

We have not yet detected any foreshocks or aftershocks (MAG-2.5 or higher) within 100km (62 mi) of this earthquake.

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

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).

This is the strongest earthquake in 3 years

Earthquakes of this strength occur quite regularly in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since July 29th, 2021, when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit 31 km (19 mi) further south. An even stronger magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck on March 15th, 2014.

In total, 10 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.2 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 year.

Low tsunami risk

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.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so 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 This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 35 km (22 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 03/03/24 03:38 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000lwu4
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240203_0000331
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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