Ica is on alert due to a series of earthquakes of magnitude up to 5.9: 14 of them so far today


Ica remains on alert due to a series of earthquakes recorded since this morning. The streak doesn’t stop. At 5:52 p.m., 6:19 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:09 p.m., and 7:39 p.m. this Friday, four new events — magnitudes 5.6, 4.8, 5.2, 5.8, and 4.5 — rocked southern Peru region.

at the moment they are 14 telluric events reported so far this day, according to National Seismological Center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

At 3:22 p.m., the strongest earthquake of the day occurred with an epicenter 111 kilometers southwest of the city. It had a depth of 26 kilometers, a magnitude of 5.9 and an intensity of V, according to the IGP, which has common indications in case of possible danger.

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The city shook for the first time at 04:11, with a magnitude of 5.1. Its epicenter was 91 kilometers southwest. Since then, there has been a series of developments whose intensity has grown, as indicated by the reports of the agency responsible for detecting disasters of devastating proportions.

We list them below:

-At 04:16 an earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred

-At 05:56 a.m. one of magnitude 4.5

-At 07:19 a.m. one of magnitude 4.1

– At 09:21 a magnitude 5.0

-At 1:52 p.m. one of magnitude 4.0

-At 2:16 p.m. one of magnitude 4.4

-At 2:19 p.m. one of magnitude 4.9

Hernando Tavera, the executive chairman of the IGP, explained in a statement that the earthquakes that occur during the day are part of the dynamics of the Earth’s evolution, so that “they can appear at any time and at any time” in the territory. In fact, “they will continue to happen,” he added.

The expert explained that this series of earthquakes was caused by a contact collision between Nazca and the South American tectonic plate.

“The coastal area has a higher frequency of earthquakes of various magnitudes, and even the larger ones were those that occurred in the Ica region. For example, the earthquakes of 1942, 1996 and 2007,” he stated.

The Navy’s Hydrography and Navigation Administration specified that the latest earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9, “does not generate a tsunami warning.” Mayor of the province of Ica, Emma Mejia, indicated that RPP So far there have been no sequels.

“We are working with the area of ​​civil protection, we are working with a team where other administrations are connected with COER to see any eventuality. For now, there are no material losses, but we have to be careful about this situation, which comes more or less from 4 o’clock in the morning,” said the mayor.

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for his part, Cesar Guillenthe director of the Regional Emergency Operations Center (COER) Ica specified that there was no damage to the infrastructure either.

Peru is located in the area of ​​the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where 85% of the world’s seismic activity is recorded. In 2007, Pisco (Ica) was the scene of one of the strongest earthquakes in recent years, surpassed only by the 2001 Arequipa earthquake.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale on the current scale, a maximum intensity of IX on the Mercalli scale and a duration of 3 min 30 s.

It left behind 600 dead, 1,300 injured, 48,000 homes completely destroyed and uninhabitable, and 450,000 people were affected. The most affected areas were the provinces of Pisco, Ica, Chincha, Cañete, Yauyos, Huaytará and Castrovirreyna, along with Lima.

The devastating magnitudes also caused extensive damage to infrastructure that provides basic services to the population, such as water and sanitation, education, health and communications. Furthermore, in El Carmen (Chincha), houses were completely destroyed.


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