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15 Jan 2020 | 05:56 AM UTC

Peru: 5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Huarmey January 15

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes southwest of Huarmey (Ancash region) January 15; no tsunami warning immediately issued



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.3-magnitude earthquake around 45 km (27 mi) southwest of the coast of Huarmey (Ancash region) on Wednesday, January 15. The quake hit at around 04:45 (local time) at a depth of 51 km (31 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.