Moderate earthquake off the coast of Lima, Peru (June 18, 2013)

Last update: June 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm by By

Update 19:19 UTC : USGS has just reported his data about this earthquake. A Magnitude of Mw4.6 at a depth of 60 km, weaker than the local IGP.  We have no reason to believe that the USGS data should be trusted more than the one from IGP. The result is however the same :Intermediate depth and moderate Magnitude. USGS epicenter location is considerably closer to the coast. Every agency has a serious error margin and the exact location is a complex calculation.

Update 19:05 UTC : Based on the preliminary data from IGP peru, we do not expect any serious damage or injuries. The relation depth / Magnitude and time of shaking was certainly not sufficient to call this quake dangerous.

Second moderate earthquake today in the greater Lima region, Peru. As the earthquake happened of the coast the shaking was seriously weakened.

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Update 18:55 UTC : IGP has decreased the Magntude to 5.1 and increased the depth to 40 km, a lot better and less dangerous than the initial values. Additionally we have to stress that the epicenter was out of the coast which is an additional weakening of the shaking.

Sismo: Fecha Local:18/06/2013, Hora Local:13:39:58; Fecha UTC:18/06/2013,
Hora UTC:18:39:58;
Magnitud:5.6 ML;
Profundidad:38 km;
Intensidad:III-IV Callao;
Referencia:73 Km al O de Callao;

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-06-18 18:40:00

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 40 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Central Peru Jun 18 18:40 4.6 100 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The Coast Of Central Peru Jun 18 18:40 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It
IGP Lima Area, Peru Jun 18 18:40 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Lima - Two shorts
  • Lima/Peru - I felt a short Earthquake
  • Lima / Peru - it was rather long
  • Lima - It was quite long and very sudden. It lasted about 30-45 seconds. Usually I hear them coming.
  • Mira Flores, Lima - sharp burst then calm for 3 seconds then shaking for 15 seconds
  • San Isidro, Lima - It lasted about 25 seconds. Many people run outside their homes or offices.
  • San Borja, Lima - first floor of concrete building, it was kind of noicy from the beginning..about a total of 20 seconds..there was movement on the floor...I thought it was the beginning of a big one ...
  • Lima area, Peru - Windows rattled, building shook.
  • Mira Flores - eu senti o edificio e os computadores do escritório tremer
  • Lima - Felt like a slight rumble and then a BAM shock sensation for a second.
  • Miraflores - Moderate shuddering, thought someone had just slammed a door in the apartment upstairs.
  • Miraflores - First a short shuddering followed by a pause and then a longer lasting shaking. Length of second shake made me wonder if it was prequel to the big one.
  • San Isidro, Lima, Peru - Quick jolt followed by a slow rolling sensation for about 15-20 seconds.
  • San Isidro - Ik zat in de zetel in het hotel op de 17de verdiep de moment dat het aan het schudden (beven)was ik was wel in paniek de staanlamp ging heen en weer maar het was vlug voorbij,gelukkig!!!
  • Lurin - ça a bien tremblé 30 secondes, faible fréquence mais assez forte amplitude
  • San Isidro - My dachshund always knows when they are coming, she turns her head a certain way. She didn't even bark at this one, kept eating my lunch.
  • Lima - Bonjour je suis Français et je suis en vacance chez une amie à Lima et j'ai ressenti une légère secousse hier le 14 juin 2013 vers 15h, c'était une première pour moi!!!
  • Miraflores - para mi (primera vez) me parecio entre moderado y fuerte, menos mal era solo pocas segundos. Tengo ya mi kit de sobrevivencia listo:-)
  • Callao / Airport - I felt 2 different earthquakes. 1st was, weak about 10s, 2nd was stronger and last for 15s
  • Miraflores, Lima, Peru - The noise was more noticeable than the shaking (which was very noticeable, but light). It sounded like a building had collapsed near by.
  • Magdalena del Mar, Lima - I barely remember a first shake that lasted about a second and a second that was definitely more memorable and lasted at least 2 seconds. A first for me. Vacationing in Peru for the first time too.

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