Moderate but dangerous earthquake near Chincha Alta, Central Peru

UPDATE 16:17 UTC :
5 hours after the quake occurred, no new reports have been published by the local Ica, Pisco press. Contrary to the USGS who puts the epicenter on the mainland and very close to the city of Chincha Alta , the Peruvian seismological service IGP puts the epicenter in the Pacific Ocean (about 30 km in the Ocean ) and near the city of Pisco.

Pisco - Chincha Alta earthquake Peru November 3 2010 - Courtesy

Update 13:41 UTC :
Peruvian newspapers have published the information of the earthquake (M 4.8 (IGP) vs M 5.0 (USGS), but have no other reports of damage or injuries so far. We will following up eventual new reports from various sources, but based on the newspaper reporting and the USGS "felt" reports, we have downgraded the danger probability to ORANGE (moderately dangerous).

Update 11:50 UTC :
No reports so far in the Peruvian media.
First USGS "felt" reports give a maximum of IV Mercalli - light shaking.

Boulevard en Chincha Alta

Earthquake Report comment :
Earthquake Report calls this earthquake very dangerous (RED)  for damage and possibly injuries as the epicenter is too close to the city of Chincha Alta. The red code is based on the preliminary location of the epicenter.
Chincha Alta has 153,076 inhabitants!
The earthquake was shallow at a depth of 35 km, which increases the risk on potential damage.
The earthquake happened in the early morning hours at 05:45 AM

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.0
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 05:45:22 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 34.8 km (21.6 miles)
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Geo-location(s) :
23 km (14 miles) SSE (147°) from Chincha Alta, Peru
51 km (32 miles) NNW (333°) from Ica, Peru

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

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