Peru “ M 4.3 “ Moderate earthquake 60 km from Ica

Two people on the shore of the Pacific Ocean

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Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate earthquake at a reasonable depth of 38 km.
What makes it special is the short distance to the coastline and to the city of Ica.
Ica had +260,000 inhabitants at the latest census.
Earthquakes in this area are the result of the convergent boundaries in between the Nazca plate (Pacific Ocean) and the South American plate (continent).
The Nazca plate is subducting the South American plate along a big distance of the South American coastline. Volcanoes and and (sometimes massive) earthquakes are a result of this process.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 07:40:46 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 38 km
Geo-location(s) :
60 km (35 miles) WSW of Ica, Peru
90 km (55 miles) S of Chincha Alta, Peru
255 km (160 miles) SSE of LIMA, Peru

Links to important maps
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

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