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Peru Earthquakes have been happening for over 400 years, but one of the most remembered, 100,000 people died, is the 1970 one (7.9 Richter scale) . Before that, it was back in 1868 that there was a devastating earthquake of 9.0 (Richter scale) where more than 25,000 people lost their lives.



Cities like Arequipa feel the earth power frequently, not on a big scale, but it definitely happens now and then. It is said that is because the proximity of the Misty Volcano to the city and other many volcanos in the area.

In 2007 an earthquuake did struck 150 km southeast of Lima, that time the magnitud on the Richter scale was 8.0 but the death toll was lower, 519 people.

Modern Peru buildings and properties are built with anti seismic materials so they are usually safe, the main problems in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, arise in the rural areas. The western coastal plain, the high and rugged Andes and the eastern jungle of the Amazon have been suffering devastating earth disturbances for centuries past.

Peru is located in a seismic zone so earthquakes are common, I personally witnessed an important one while living in Lima, it was October 1974, I remember going out to check the damages and it was really impressive to see the roads and ground fractures. Fortunately, most of the houses in my neighborhood were ok though, because they were built with anti seismic materials.

Peru Earthquakes - Video

Photographic report of Earthquake damages in Peru 2007, you can only pray for the victims.



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