Earthquakes in Lima and Peru

Earthquakes in Lima and Peru

Scientists have developed a theory, called plate tectonics, that explains why most earthquakes occur. According to this theory, Earth's outer shell consists of about 10 large, rigid plates and about 20 smaller ones. Each plate has a section of Earth's crust and a portion of thick layer of hot rock below the crust. The plates move slowly and continuously. They collide, move apart or slide past one another. These movements finally can cause earthquakes.

Peru is situated along the boundary of two tectonic plates: the Nazca Plate and the South American Plate. The interface between these two plates is located near the Peruvian coast. At a rate of about 60 mm per year the South American Plate is moving towards the Pacific Ocean over the Nazca Plate. That may not sound a lot but it is enough to put huge strain on the Earth's crust. The pressures are periodically released through earthquakes.

Earthquakes in Peru - Why?

Earthquakes in Peru - Why?

Peru is situated along the boundary of two tectonic plates: the Nazca Plate and the South American Plate. The interface between these two plates is located near the Peruvian coast. At a rate of about 50 mm per year the South American Plate is moving towards the Pacific Ocean over the Nazca Plate. That may not sound a lot but it is enough to put huge strain on the Earth's crust. The pressures are periodically released through earthquakes.

Earthquakes - Why?

 

Latest Earthquake in Peru!

Was there an earthquake?

In this section you'll find the latest recorded earthquake and seismic activity in Peru.

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The Latest Earthquake in Peru
 
Listing of Recent Earthquakes in Peru

Listing of Recent Earthquakes

As the title already suggests, this listing gives you the details about each seismic activity with date, time, magnitude, depth, region and location map in the last 12 months in Peru. Due to the frequent "little" movements we only keep records about events with a magnitude of over 3.5 on the "Richter Scale".

Earthquakes Listing...

 

Interesting Theory

Scientists have developed a theory, called plate tectonics, that explains why most earthquakes occur. According to this theory, Earth's outer shell consists of about 10 large, rigid plates and about 20 smaller ones. Each plate has a section of Earth's crust and a portion of thick layer of hot rock below the crust.

The plates move slowly and continuously. They collide, move apart or slide past one another. These movements finally can cause earthquakes.

 
Peru Seismic Activity Map

Seismic Activity Map - Peru

The Seismic Activity Map presents the earthquakes and seismic movement recorded in Peru for the last 12 months.

By clicking on the map markers you get the detailed information like date, time, magnitude, depth and region.

Seismic Map...

 

Historical Earthquakes in Peru

We only have proven records of earthquakes in Peru since the arrival of the Spaniards in the region. Even so we know that already the first Peruvian cultures had to cope with the seismic activities. Earthquake after earthquake, century after century it seems these ancient cultures learned how to keep their constructions and belongings safe. Many archaeologists for example believe that the special trapezoid character of the Inca architecture was one of the precautions against such natural destruction.

Historical Earthquakes...

Historical Earthquakes in Peru