Deadly coastal earthquake near Acari, Peru - January 14, 2018 - Tsunami threat lifted

Damage report in cooperation with the 2018 Earthquake Impact Database. EID on Google Docs

Update - Probably final damage result :
** 2 people killed
** 107 people injured
** 672 people displaced (due to damaged houses)
** 832 houses/buildings damaged
** 169 houses/buildings destroyed

Update - The ultimate explanatory earthquake poster from this earthquake comes from geologist Dr. Jay Patton. Click on the image or this link to be linked to his site. The poster contains lots of important scientific information and can be viewed in full format in his site

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Update - At least 25 houses have been destroyed by the shaking

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Update - Theoretical shaking and damage map from the specialists at CEDIM, Karlsruhe, Germany

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Update - Another person was reportedly killed. The number of injured has increased to 115

Update - We are sad to report that at least 1 person lost his life and that 50 others have been injured. This is sadly enough the first deadly earthquake of 2018

Update - The tsunami threat has been lifted

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Update - Very strong to Massive earthquakes are comlmon at this part of the South American coast. The Nazca plate collides with tha South American plate at approx. 7 cm per year!

Update - Focal mechanism shows a thrust earthquake which explains partly the tsunami threat for the coast at this not so strong magnitude.

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Update - Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 to 20 fatalities and 10 to 100 injured people

Update - Tsunami update

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Update - Tsunami threat as reported by GDACS - maximum calculated waves: 0.2 meters (0.6 ft)

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Update - Shaking intensity per location and intensity impact on the population

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Update - shaking map reveals a maximum Very Strong shaking at coastal towns

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Update - A Tsunami threat has been called for the Peruvian and Chilean coast

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Update - Based on the current preliminary earthquake data, calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

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Lomas, Peru, 25.7 km (15.9 mi) Population: 0
Minas de Marcona, Peru, 73.7 km (45.8 mi) Population: 15,478
Nazca, Peru, 106.6 km (66.3 mi) Population: 23,556
Puquio, Peru, 135.9 km (84.5 mi) Population: 10,491
Ica, Peru, 216.6 km (134.6 mi) Population: 246,844

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-01-14 04:18:42

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-01-14 09:18:42

Depth (Hypocenter) : 12.09 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
PTWC Jan 14 10:29 7.1 0 MAP
PTWC Jan 14 09:26 7.3 0 MAP
  • Lima - Light shaking
  • Lima - Light shaking
  • Lima - 20 seconds aprox
  • Lima - Movimiento leve ondulatorio sin ruido pero prolongado
  • Ica - Moderate shaking
  • Lima - Moderate shaking
  • Lima - I woke up from the shaking in the morning, it did not last long. Never experienced an earthquake before it felt slightly like being on a bigger boat.
  • Lima - Bed moving back and forth motion without really moving... Rocking motion 30 to 45 seconds... 4:22 am
  • Lima, Chorrillos - me depertó la onda S, fue largo con un leve ruido, sin daños.
  • USGS Acari, Peru Jan 14 09:18 7.3 10 MAP
    USGS Acari, Peru Jan 14 09:18 7.1 36 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Peru Jan 14 09:18 7.1 41 MAP
    USGS Acari, Peru Jan 14 09:18 7.3 12 MAP I Felt It INFO




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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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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