M6.0 earthquake hits southern Peru at intermediate depth

M6.0 earthquake hits southern Peru at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit southern Peru at 05:09 UTC (00:09 LT) on May 31, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 153.4 km (95 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 148 km (92 miles).

The epicenter was located 33 km (20 miles) WNW of Lampa (population 4 780), 44 km (27 miles) S of Ayaviri (population 19 310), 62 km (38 miles) WNW of Juliaca (population 245 675) and 65 km (40 miles) SW of Azangaro (population 13 290), Peru.

There are 840 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

1 000 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and reinforced/confined masonry construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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