Ica shook on Friday and Saturday: The earthquakes occurred due to the collision of tectonic plates, and the IGP asks for “preparedness”


Ica experienced a rollover situation this weekend due to a series of earthquakes recorded from the early hours of Friday 28th to Saturday 29th October. The order adds, until 1:10 a.m. on Saturday, 18 eventsaccording to him National Seismological Center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

The four strongest tremors had magnitudes of 5.0, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.9, but did not cause surface damage or human losses. In addition, according to the IGP, “they have nothing to do with the various myths that exist about earthquakes during this month in our country.”

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

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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.

For Tavera, at some point another seismic event will occur. “The more time goes by, the more energy will accumulate, and that will cause an earthquake of greater magnitude, so you have to be prepared,” he said. He also emphasized that the country is extremely seismic and cyclical, because “we have to be informed to act”.

Ica shook for the first time this Friday at 4:11 a.m., 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.

Below are the events:

-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

2007 Pisco (Ica) was the scene of one of the the most violent earthquakes occurred 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 Pisco, IcaEast, Cañete, Yauyos, Huaytará and Castrovirreyna, along 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.


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

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