Write a comment
Damages in Pisco, Peru after the earthquake in 2007

21st Century Earthquakes

Records about Historical Earthquakes in Peru

In 2007 two powerful earthquakes shock the area south of Lima at 06.40 pm and 06.42 pm. The epicenters were located 150 km south of Lima. The magnitude 7.9 and 8.2 tremors overlapped and lasted together nearly two minutes. The Ica region was hit hardest, with 70% of the city of Pisco leveled to the ground, the city of Ica, Chincha and villages in the area badly damaged. Churches, public buildings and residences collapsed.

21st Century Earthquakes

Earthquake 23rd of June 2001 Arequipa / Moquegua / Tacna

At 3.33 pm an 8.4 earthquake rattled the south of Peru. The quake affected the Peruvian regions of Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. It was the most devastating earthquake in Peru since the catastrophic 1970 Ancash earthquake.

Many of Arequipa's historic buildings like the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa were once again badly damaged or destroyed. Landslides blocked highways a tsunami affected the coastal region. At least 75 people were killed, about 1500 injured and an estimated 50,000 construction destroyed.

Earthquake 26th of September 2005 Northern Peru / Moyabamba

At 8.56 pm the northern Peruvian region of San Martin was struck by a strong tremor with a magnitude of 7.5. Five people were killed, at least 60 injured and about 70% of the houses in Lamas were destroyed, another 200 damaged. Damage to buildings were also reported from Chachapoyas, Moyobamba and Tarapota. The quake could be felt throughout Peru and Ecuador.

Earthquake 15th of August 2007 Ica & Pisco

Two powerful earthquakes shock the area south of Lima at 06.40 pm and 06.42 pm. The epicenters were located 150 km south of Lima. The magnitude 7.9 and 8.2 tremors overlapped and lasted together nearly two minutes. The Ica region was hit hardest, with 70% of the city of Pisco leveled to the ground, the city of Ica, Chincha and villages in the area badly damaged. Churches, public buildings and residences collapsed and with it the whole infrastructure of the region. Paracas was flooded by a tsunami. The Pan Americana Sur Highway was interrupted at many places due to huge cracks and destroyed bridges which made it difficult to reach the most hit areas. Until today the area hasn't recovered completely.

And even in Lima the ground shaking was frightening. Office workers and residents of sky scrapers fled the buildings, panicking people rushed to more or less safe places on the streets, traffic came to a complete standstill, power lines were cut, landlines and cell phones didn't work for hours. But luckily Lima with its nearly 8,000,000 inhabitants was spared a real disaster. Only a handful of old rundown houses collapsed, a moderate number of buildings had cracks, many windows were shattered, here and there the streets had some new holes or small cracks.

The Costa Verde was partly flooded by the extension of the tsunami that hit Paracas. In Lima nobody died due to the earthquake, only a few injuries were reported. Anyhow around 500 people in the south of Lima lost their lives, over 2000 were injured; some of them quite severe and more than 20,000 were left homeless.
Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Latest Content...

Latest Video

Maria Reiche - Memories

Maria Reiche - Memories

Submitted by: Tintin
2 days, 6 hours ago

Long Reads...

  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The Mystery of the Nazca Lines in Peru

    In the 1920s, when people first flew across southern Peru, they made an astonishing discovery. Stretching below them,…
  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peru Info

    Peruvian Economy

    The Peruvian economy is an emerging, social market economy highly dependent on foreign trade and classified as an upper…