Strong earthquake at an intermediate depth inland Peru results in 1 injury and multiple landslides

Last update: November 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm by By

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Update November 27 8:54 UTC:
-In the district of Mala, Cañete, a 50 year old woman fell from the stairs while evacuating her house, she is in a stable condition.
-Two small landslides have been reported in the same district.

Update November 26 10:07 UTC :
- Due to too high demand telecommunication systems collapsed during a couple of minutes. The authorities are requesting the population to use text messages when an earthquake strikes. Since the start of this website, we have continuously repeated that this “kind request” will NEVER work. Only cutting off calls from private persons will work. Internet and text can continue to work normally. Voice calls are taking far too much bandwidth from the systems. If a major damaging quake would strike, there will be NO communication at all if the current policy is not updated.
- Landslides are reported in different areas
- Power outages have also been reported
- In Lima many office buildings were evacuated
- We have found NO reports of damage to houses or infrastructure and accordingly no injuries neither


Update 21:12 UTC : The main reason why this earthquake was felt is such a great area as relatively strong is because of the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point).  The shockwaves of deeper earthquakes are radiating in a wider radius than shallower quakes with the same Magnitude, but are luckily in most cases harmless.
Subduction earthquakes are earthquakes where 1 tectonic plate (in this case the Nazca Pacific Ocean plate) glides below another (the continental South American plate). As the thickness of the South American plate is increasing gradually to the east, the Nazca plate gets deeper and deeper but instead of gliding hangs on some locations. When the energy gets too big, the plate forces his way to the east in the form of an earthquake.

Update 20:51 UTC : Some more graphics to share with our readers. Both give insight in the shaking which may have been felt by the population. Maximum intensity felt was light shaking or MMI IV.

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Update 20:32 UTC : Even better numbers from USGS. They report a Magnitude of 5.5 at a depth of 74 km (deeper means less chance on damage)

Update 20:26 UTC : The earthquake seems to be a normal (less dangerous) subduction earthquake with a strong Ml 5.8 Magnitude BUT at a depth of 60 km. The deeper hypocenter is good news for the people living above the epicenter. These data are provided by the Peruvian Seismological service.

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The current seismological data are showing a very shallow depth of 10 km (preliminary data). We consider this depth, even at the current Magnitude, as dangerous.

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120 km SE of Lima, Peru / pop: 7,737,002 / local time: 15:06:55.0 2013-11-25
41 km NE of Quilmaná, Peru / pop: 6,442 / local time: 15:06:55.0 2013-11-25

  1. 42km (26mi) NE of Quilmana, Peru
  2. 50km (31mi) NNE of Imperial, Peru
  3. 51km (32mi) NNE of Nuevo Imperial, Peru
  4. 52km (32mi) E of Mala, Peru
  5. 116km (72mi) SE of Lima, Peru

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-11-25 15:06:51

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-11-25 20:06:51

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 79 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Quilmana, Peru Nov 25 20:06 5.5 74 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Peru Nov 25 20:06 5.4 79 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Central Peru Nov 25 20:06 5.5 76 MAP I Felt It
  • Lima - 5.5 degree quake felt in Lima about 120 km south of Lima in Cañete Province.
  • Chorrillos, Lima - My first real quake!! Felt tremors here in Lima before!!
  • Lima - En la oficina se sintió un Sacudido muy fuerte de manera horizontal
  • Lima - at about 3:10pm was rumbling for about 5 seconds, then it started creeking the building, then it was moving a small bit enough to get dizzy. Colleen Camara
  • Lima - We don´t know how strong shaking was but it during aprox. 40 seconds, here in Lurin was too strong
  • Lima - gedurende ca. 20 seconden zeer zwaar beven, voelbaar op 4 etage appartementencomplex in Lima. Intensiteit 5.6 Richter, epicentrum in San Vicente Cañete op ca. 150km ten zuiden van Lima
  • Lima - Mild shaking, no damage. Only experienced indoors.
  • Lima - San Vicente Cañete 5.6 Ritcher 20.06 GMT
  • Lima - I was really strong . . . hopefully everything is allright . . . we are wondering were the epicenter was.
  • Chorillos - Strongest I've felt since moving to this are two years ago.
  • Lima - ist erst vor 10 minuten gewesen... leichte schäden am haus, alle menschen aber auf der strasse... wohne seit 2 jahren in peru und es war das stärkste bisher...
  • Lima - No knowledge of damage
  • Lima - Rumbling noise like a truck. 5-10 seconds long. Pictures, toys, desk supplies rattling.
  • LIMA - Mon 1er tremblement de terre ici .Durée :5".Je suis au 9eme étage . Très net ressenti : Impression d'un gros camion qui passe et fait trembler la maison ; impression du sol qui monte et descend ....
  • Lima - We aré ok
  • Miraflores, Lima - The movement started little by little until a good shaking. Thus I realized that there was an earthquake movement. It wasn´t noisy and I had time to low down my working page in my computer, before my decission to go out, to the street. (Official IGP registers: 5.8° Richter scale)
  • Lima - Everyone in the café felt the shaking and people ran toward the doors. The tables and couches shook but nothing fell from the walls and there was no damage. The Internet connection was knocked out to at least two businesses in central Barranco.
  • Lima - Movimiento de una duración de 40 segundos. En un sexto piso movimiento fuerte constante. Según el Instituto Geofísico del Perú 5.8 grados a la escala de Ritcher.
  • Lima - http://youtu.be/P-kJAZeGSoc Video filmado en la ciudad de Lima, en un sexto piso.
  • Lima - It wwas a sudden shake. I don't think there was some people who have been damaged.
  • Ica - Duration 20 seconds, no damages.
  • lima - Vibrazioni laterali rapide e decise da20 a 25 secondi. Le stoviglie in casa sbattevano e mobili cigolavano.

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