Reporting System

6.3 Magnitude EQ – Near the Coast of Central Peru

At approximately 05:11:01 UTC on Monday, January 30th, an earthquake based on land struck at a depth of 39.2 km (24.4 miles) off the coast of Central Peru, 15 km (9 miles) SE of Ica, Peru, and 96 km (59 miles) SSE of Chincha Alta, Peru. Coords: 14.179°S, 75.644°W

United States Geological Survey – The event has been reviewed by a seismologist and confirmed, at present, to be a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 39.2 km (24.4 miles). The European Mediterranean Seismology Agency is in agreeance with the earthquake parameters provided by the USGS.


The quake occurred shortly after midnight local time (1 a.m. ET) and was centered about 9 miles southeast of the city of Ica and about 170 miles south-southeast of Lima.

Witnesses said the quake shook buildings in coastal Lima, Peru’s capital. Although there were no reported injuries or damage, local radio said residents near the epicenter were alarmed and ran outside their homes when they felt the quake. Power was out in nearby Pisco, the radio said.

“We felt a terrible earthquake that’s really scared us,” Ica resident Blanca Cabanilla told the local radio. “It was similar to what happened to us in 2007.”

An 8.0 quake in 2007 killed more than 500 people in Ica and wrecked thousands of homes.


January 31, 2012 - Posted by | Seismic | , , , , ,

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