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A shallow and significant M5.3 foreshock struck in the South Pacific Ocean 88 kilometer from Minas de Marcona, Peru in the morning of Monday July 8th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the South Pacific Ocean, 41 kilometers (25 mi) off the coast of Peru, 88 kilometer south-southeast of Minas de Marcona in Ica. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 26 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jul 8, 2024 09:03 (Lima Time)
- Jul 8, 2024 14:03 Universal Time.
Location: 88 km SSE of Minas de Marcona, Ica, Peru.
Coordinates 15°57'51"S 74°51'21"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 18 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.073 .
Depth: 26 km (16 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 88 kilometer (55 mi) south-southeast of the epicenter of this earthquake, Minas de Marcona (Ica, 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
88 km (55 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Minas de Marcona

Ica, Peru.
126 km (78 mi)
N from epicenter

Ica, Peru.
231 km (144 mi)
NNW from epicenter

Ica, Peru.
240 km (149 mi)
ESE from epicenter

Arequipa, Peru.
288 km (179 mi)
E from epicenter
El Pedregal

Arequipa, Peru.
290 km (180 mi)
NNW from epicenter

Ica, Peru.
291 km (181 mi)
NNW from epicenter
San Clemente

Ica, 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:

  • Ica, Ica, Peru: 1 person.

This is likely a foreshock

This earthquake was followed by a stronger MAG-5.4 earthquake, classifying this earthquake as a foreshock.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 4.2 2 days earlier
Jul 6, 2024 15:11 (Lima Time)
59 km (37 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.2 1 day earlier
Jul 7, 2024 04:58 (Lima Time)
24 km (15 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
This Earthquake
M 5.3 5 hrs earlier
Jul 8, 2024 09:03 (Lima Time)
13 km (8 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.8 5 hrs earlier
Jul 8, 2024 09:07 (Lima Time)
15 km (9 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 1 hr earlier
Jul 8, 2024 13:22 (Lima Time)
17 km (10 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Main Shock M 5.4 Jul 8, 2024 14:33
(Lima Time)
Aftershock M 4.0 4 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 18:15 (Lima Time)
37 km (23 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 5 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 19:10 (Lima Time)
20 km (12 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 7 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 21:06 (Lima Time)
51 km (31 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 12 hrs later
Jul 9, 2024 02:38 (Lima Time)
33 km (21 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 1 day later
Jul 9, 2024 22:03 (Lima Time)
33 km (20 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

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 June 29th, 2024, when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit 65 km (40 mi) further east-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on June 28th, 2024.

In total, 42 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 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 3 months.

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 5.3. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 26 km (16 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.


Last updated 18/07/24 00:08 (). 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 us7000mxsb
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240708_0000137
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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