A 5.6 earthquake awakens people in Huaraz; strongest trembling in years

A ccording to a report of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), the quake of 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale was recorded in Chimbote at 01:42 am with the epicenter being 52 kilometers southwest of Chimbote at a depth of 49 kilometers below the surface. The seismic movement counted with second degree intensity at the coastal zone making many people to leave their houses to the streets in hours of dawn. Last week, numerous tremors have taken place in Peru although some were not perceived by the population. The earthquake was felt in Huaraz and other cities in the Callejón de Huaylas too.

On the 25th of this month, a 4.1 quake took place 102 Km southeast of Tacna and a day later the Maca area in Arequipa felt a 3.7 degree. Yesterday on the 27th, a 4.0 quake was left unnoticed in the Andamarca-Junin region and again in the Maca area in Arequipa (3.7). Eighteen hours ago, a 5.1 quake was felt in Peru´s capital Lima while the epicenter was located 43 Km southeast of Pisco-Ica and two afters after that a 4.0 quake took place in the Caravelí-Arequipa area.

After today’s 5.6 quake, the earth in Peru hasn’t stopped moving as a 4.2 quake took place in the Pucallpa-Ucayali region, a 4.0 in the Acarí-Arequipa area (not perceived by the population), another 4.0 in the Jaen-Cajamarca area (not perceived by the population), a 4.4 in the Cajatambo-Lima area (not perceived by the population), a 4.7 quake at 101 Km southeast of Pisco-Ice, a 4.4 quake 95 Km northeast of Fitzcarrald-Madre de Dios and that latest tremor took place about two hours ago 37 Km south of Atico-Arequipa registering 4.4 degrees on the Richter scale.

Peru is located in the area called the Ring of Fire, where approximately 85 percent of the world’s seismic activity is recorded.

Stats and picture: National Centre for Accelerometric Seismic Monitoring IGP Peru

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