Written by on . Last updated April 16th, 2024.

Under land 54 kilometer from Pucallpa in Peru, a significant MAG-5.1 earthquake occurred in the evening of Wednesday March 27th, 2024. Another country near the epicenter is Brazil.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Peru, 54 kilometer (34 mi) north-northeast of Pucallpa in Ucayali. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 147 km.

Date and Time: Mar 27, 2024 23:05 (Lima Time)
- Mar 28, 2024 04:05 Universal Time.
Location: 54 km NNE of Pucallpa, Ucayali, Peru.
Coordinates 7°54'38"S 74°26'28"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 31 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.056 .
Depth: 147 km (91 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
Tsunami's are usually caused by MAG-6.5+ earthquakes, less than 100km shallow, and with an epicenter under sea. Neither of this seems to be the case.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. Peru and Brazil are both within 300km distance of its epicenter.

Pucallpa in Ucayali, Peru is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 54 kilometer (34 mi) north-northeast of Pucallpa.

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

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
54 km (34 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Pucallpa

Ucayali, Peru.
55 km (34 mi)
S from epicenter
San Fernando

Ucayali, Peru.
197 km (122 mi)
E from epicenter
Cruzeiro do Sul

Acre, Brazil.
230 km (143 mi)
SW from epicenter
Tingo María

Huanuco, Peru.
231 km (144 mi)
W from epicenter
Tocache

San Martín, Peru.
231 km (144 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Uchiza

San Martín, Peru.
255 km (158 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bellavista

San Martín, Peru.
262 km (163 mi)
NW from epicenter
La Banda

San Martín, Peru.
265 km (165 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Juanjuí

San Martín, Peru.
290 km (180 mi)
NW from epicenter
Yurimaguas

Loreto, Peru.
299 km (186 mi)
SW from epicenter
Huánuco

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

Shaking reported by 4 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 4 people have reported shaking in 2 places 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:

  • Pucallpa, Ucayali, Peru: 3 people.
  • Lima, Lima Provincias, Peru: 1 person.

Aftershocks detected

In the days before this main shock, 1 smaller foreshock was detected. Roughly 17 hrs before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-4.4 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 4.4 17 hrs earlier
Mar 27, 2024 06:29 (Lima Time)
75 km (47 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.1 Mar 27, 2024 23:05
(Lima Time)
-
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

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).

Earthquakes like this are common in the region

Earthquakes of this strength occur quite regularly in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since September 2nd, 2023, when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit 40 km (25 mi) further south-east. An even stronger magnitude 8 earthquake struck on May 26th, 2019.

In total, 12 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 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 10 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.

It is very unlikely that this eartquake will cause any tsunami's. The reported magnitude is lower than the MAG-6.5 strength required to cause any earthquakes. In addition, this earthquake was not very shallow and appears to have occurred under land. 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 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of 147 km (91 mi). Earthquakes this deep in the earth are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 16/04/24 05:58 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000m8gh
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240328_0000049
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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