In 1533 - Already two years before the foundation of Lima Hernando Pizarro, the brother of the founder of Lima, was taken aback by a heavy earthquake while searching for a suitable terrain for the new capital. A warning sign which the conquerors ignored! 1555 the city experienced an even stronger earthquake. Many buildings were badly damaged, some citizens hurt and the first fatalities were reported.
Earthquake 1533 Lima Area
Earthquake November 1555 Lima
Earthquake 4th of April 1568 Lima
Earthquake 17th of July 1578 Villa de Santa Maria de Cañete
Earthquake 1581 Lima
Earthquake 22nd of January 1582 Arequipa
Earthquake 15th of August 1582 Lima
Earthquake 17th of March 1584 Lima
Earthquake 9th of July 1586 Lima
At approximately 07.00 pm an earthquake with an estimated 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale leveled the Lima-Callao region nearly to the ground. Many buildings in Lima were destroyed completely, only a few remained but damaged badly. Rocks and masses of stones fell from nearby hills like Cerro San Cristobal. The earthquake was preceded by immense noise. Only around 20 citizens died.
Earthquakes 19th and 28th of February 1600 Arequipa
Caused by an eruption of the Huaynaputina volcano, located near Moquegua in the south of Peru, the city of Arequipa and the surrounding areas were badly hit by countless strong earthquakes with a magnitude of up to 7.8.