May 21, 2017

Green earthquake alert (4.8M,depth:73.08km) in Peru at 5/21/2017 10:14:18 AM

Green Earthquake in Peru


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 4.8M, Depth:73.08km
  • 21 May 2017 10:14:18 UTC
  • 1525781 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 4.8 M
  • Depth: 73.08 km (deep)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -4.7326, -79.8949
  • Time (UTC): 21 May 2017 10:14:18
  • Time (ECT): 21 May 2017 12:14:18

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened inPeru, Department of Piura (population 1,662,200). The nearest places are Pillo (2km), Los Horcones (7km), Naranjo (8km), Tazajeras (9km), Sapillica (10km), and 281 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Macara V. Ibarra (runway 3200ft, 38km), Huancabamba (runway 3600ft, 76km), and Capitan Concha (runway 8200ft, 95km). There are no known ports nearby.

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 650000 people 37
50 km 250000 people 32
20 km 19000 people 15
10 km 4400 people 14



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