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We have read some reports in the media about the total seismic events recorded in Peru for the year 2013. Most of these statistics only include data with earthquakes that were felt by the population. The Peruvian Institute of Geophysics (IGP - Instituto Geofisico del Peru) published a report with a total 217 seismic activities for last year.

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 (2 inches) 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.

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