1940 the city of Lima and the nearby areas were shaken by another destructive earthquake at 11.35 am. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was so intense that it was felt throughout Peru and as far as Guayaquil, Ecuador in the north and Arica, Chile in the south. The temblor caused great destruction especially in Lima's city center, in Callao, Chorrillos, Barranco, Chancay and Lurin. Once again the Cathedral of Lima suffered badly.
Earthquake 4th of March 1904 Lima
At 05.17 am a strong earthquake rattled Lima and an area of around 230,000 km2. Many ancient houses were destroyed; the Cathedral of Lima was once again badly damaged. In the port of Callao and in Chorrillos nearly all buildings were affected. The shocks could be felt as far as Trujillo in the north and Pisco, Ica and Ayacucho in the south.
Earthquake 12th of December 1908 off the coast of Central Peru
A sea-quake with a magnitude of 8.2 shocks the central Peruvian coast, causing as well a huge tsunami.
Earthquake 6th of August 1913 Caraveli (Arequipa province)
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 hit Caraveli destroying it completely. Severe damage was also reported from Arequipa, Chuquibamba, Ocoño and Atico. At least 60 people died.
Earthquake 4th of November 1913 Aymaraes
A strong tremor struck the Apurimac region leaving 155 dead. The shocks could be felt as well in Abancay and Arequipa.
Earthquake 21st of August 1915 Lima
At 02.23 pm Lima and Callao experienced a strong earthquake. According to the Sociedad Geografica de Lima (Geographical Society of Lima) the epicenter was located only 83km away from Lima.
Earthquake 11th of March 1926 Lima
An earthquake with great intensity hit Lima causing damage to mayor structures. In Callao's cemetery the mausoleums suffered damage. The central railroad track was partly buried by landslides.
Earthquake 09th of April 1928 Ayapata (Carabaya province, Puno)
A 7.3 earthquake hits the Carabaya province (Puno) destroying all villages in the region and leaving around 5000 people dead. The intensive shocks could be felt in Puno, Cusco and Huancané.
Earthquake 14th of May 1928 Chachapoyas
In the late afternoon a 7.2 earthquake struck in Chachapoyas. The city was completely destroyed, a landslide nearby caused about 25 dead. The tremor could be felt in nearby Ecuador, but also in Brazil, Colombia and Lima.
Earthquake 19th of January 1932 Lima
Lima was jolted by an intense earthquake at 09.33 pm which burst walls, chimneys and towers. In the port of Callao the earthquake was much stronger. Many public buildings and residences were badly damaged. The Church of Santa Rosa in Callao survived the quake in a deplorable state.
Earthquake 5th of August 1933 Lima Region
At 09.55 pm a strong and long earthquake hit Lima, Callao and Ica. Especially old mansions were damaged. In Ica many windows were shattered.
Earthquake 24th of May 1940 Lima & Callao
The city of Lima and the nearby areas were shaken by another destructive earthquake at 11.35 am. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was so intense that it was felt throughout Peru and as far as Guayaquil, Ecuador in the north and Arica, Chile in the south. The temblor caused great destruction especially in Lima's city center, in Callao, Chorrillos, Barranco, Chancay and Lurin.
Earthquake 24th of August 1942 Ica / Nazca
An 8.2 earthquake hit the Ica – Nazca region destroying the area completely. About 30 people died. The tremor could be felt in the city of Huaraz in the north, Cerro de Pasco and Oxapampa in the NE, Cuzco in the east, and Moquegua in the south. It is estimated that 30% of the buildings in the city of Nazca suffered total ruin. The neighboring towns of Acarí and Jacquí were reduced to rubble. The damage extended to the towns of Quicacha and Atiquipa, and was pronounced at Palpa. In the city of Caravelí only buildings of recent construction withstood the shock.
Earthquake 10th of November 1946 Sihuas (Ancash)
Earthquake 1st of November 1947 Satipo (Junin)
Earthquake 11th of May 1948 South of Peru
Earthquake 21st of May 1950 Cusco
Earthquake 31st of January 1951 Lima
Earthquake 15th of February 1953 Lima
Earthquake 12th of December 1953 Tumbes
Earthquake 9th of February 1955 Lima
Earthquake 15th of January 1958 Arequipa
Earthquake 13th of January 1960 Arequipa Region
Earthquake 15th of January 1960 Lima
Earthquake 17th of October 1966 Lima & Callao
This earthquake just off the coast of Callao, was undoubtedly one of the strongest since 1940. It had a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale and claimed over 125 lives. Some 3000 people were injured, about 200,000 homeless.
Earthquake 31st of May 1970 Chimbote
The worst ever reported natural disaster in the Peruvian history began at 3.23pm when a 7.9 earthquake occurred about 30 km west of the coast of the Peruvian fishing port Chimbote. Damage reached from Chiclayo in the north to Lima in the south, but coastal towns near the epicenter and towns in the Santa River Valley to the east suffered most.
Casma, a coastal city south of the earthquake epicenter with about 13,000 population sustained severe damage to 90% of its structures, but had comparatively few deaths. Chimbote, north of Casma, reported almost 3000 deaths and sustained severe damage to 70 to 80% of its structures.
Although the earthquake itself caused much death and damage, severe losses were also caused by an avalanche which swept down the steep slopes of the Cordillera Blanca from Nevados Huascarán into the Callejón del Huaylas, a steep valley paralleling the coast. The quake destabilized the northern wall of Mount Huascarán, causing a rock, ice and snow avalanche and burying the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca.
The avalanche started as a sliding mass of glacial ice and rock about 910 m wide and 1.5 km long. It advanced about 18 km to the village of Yungay at an average speed of 280 to 335 km/h. The fast-moving mass picked up glacial deposits and by the time it reached Yungay, it is estimated to have consisted of about 80,000,000 m of water, mud, and rocks burying everything in its way.
Earthquake 19th of June 1972 Lima
Earthquake 3rd of October 1974 Lima & Southern Parts of Peru
At 09.21 am a shock centered approximately 80 kilometers southwest of Lima rocked the southern coastal area of Peru inflicting heavy damage in the Lima area. The earthquake measured a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale and lasted around 2 minutes. It caused extensive damage to churches, historical monuments, public buildings and residences in the region. Antique adobe and chincha houses especially in the districts of Barrios Altos, Rimac, the City Center, Barranco, Chorrillos and Callao suffered badly.