Very strong dangerous earthquake near Coast Of Northern Peru

Last update: March 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm by By

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Update 16:25 UTC: Here’s a quick recap of the damage done by this earthquake:
- 3 damaged churches, one in Sechura, one in Colan and one in Piura, two of them have damage in their towers and the other one has a damaged roof.
- 50 damaged homes in Sechura, most of them with broken windows and cracked walls.
- 1 cracked road in km25, Parachique
- 1 affected home due to landslide in Caleta Puerto Rico, Sechura
- Damaged homes in Parachique.
- No electricity in La Arena.

Update 01:36 UTC: There is damage reported in Sechura, Paita, Colán and Parachique.

Update 01:29 UTC: The tower of the church San Clemente in Sechura was also damaged.

Update 01:15 UTC: There are destroyed roads in Piura, people are talking about collapsed houses in Catacaos.

Update 00:59 UTC : We are seeing a lot of reports of small damage in several homes but nothing about collapsed houses, which is good news. Below the church who has lost the top of the right tower. A local News Network reports a lot of damage in Piura and even more in Sechura. Sechura is almost above the epicenter.

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Update 00:56 UTC : Max Wyss who specializes in theoretical calculations of injured and fatalities is mentioning the following numbers based upon the data of USGS and GFZ :
Number of injured : 50 to 1000
Number of fatalities : 0 to 150. let’s hope the 0 will stand.

Update 00:40 UTC : Part of a tower in the church of San Martín de Tours in Piura collapsed.
An ER user is reporting that the glass in his windows has been broken!

Update 00:25 UTC : Somebody reports that there was a landslide in a hill in Colan, Paita

Update 00:24 UTC : A Piura reader just wrote us :

Quite scary to be honest! I have lived in Peru for over 5 years and that was the strongest I have felt in the time.

Update 00:15 UTC : The government of Peru has declared an “orange” alert which means that they expect damage and injuries. 45000 people are expected to have sustained a very strong shaking (USGS data)

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Update 00:11 UTC : USGS reports a max. coastal shaking of MMI VI (strong shaking). Earthquake-Report.com considers this earthquake to be dangerous for damage and injuries.

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Dangerous earthquake if the epicenter is near the coast. Sechura and Piura are the main populated areas near the epcenter.

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49 km SW of Piura, Peru / pop: 325,466 / local time: 18:51:34.0 2014-03-15
12 km W of Sechura, Peru / pop: 23,020 / local time: 18:51:34.0 2014-03-15

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-03-15 18:51:33

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-15 23:51:33

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 33 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Northern Peru Mar 15 23:51 6.4 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santa Maria del Pinar, Piura - Quite scary to be honest! I have lived in Peru for over 5 years and that was the strongest I have felt in the time.
  • Piura - Verres cassés. La voiture bougeait (en étant à l'arrêt) comme si on nous la secouait depuis dehors.
  • Colan - I was Skyping with my girlfriend who is in Piura, Peru, and witnessed the bed and tables shaking in the house...6.5
  • Cuenca - I felt my chair shaking and saw glasses moving.
  • La Arena - Very scared. No damage.
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Peru Mar 15 23:51 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Sechura, Peru Mar 15 23:51 6.3 9 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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