6.3 magnitude earthquake rattles coast of Peru- 119 injured

January 30, 2012PERUA earthquake of 6.3 magnitude rattled the coast of Peru early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. 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. –Reuters 
According to local media reports, 119 people were injured after a 6.3 -degree earthquake shook Peru early Monday morning. The injury toll is expected to continue to increase as Ica’s Civil Defense office continues to update its reports. Authorities also reported 16 homes were damaged, and one was made uninhabitable. Officials continue to evaluate Ica’s rural areas. Cesar Chonate, head of Indeci in Ica, said most of the injuries had been minor bumps and bruises. “There is only one case of a pelvic fracture, which is considered more serious, but all the rest have been bumps, cuts, bruises, which have resulted from people trying to desperately evacuate their homes, and rolled down the stairs,” he said, according to El Comercio. Many residents spent the night in parks and streets due to fears of possible aftershocks. According to RPP, the quake was felt in Lima, Ica, Chincha, Pisco, Ancansh, Huancayo, Huanuco, Arequipa and Cusco. Peru’s Geophysical Institute said tremor’s epicenter was located 47 kilometers southwest of the city of Ica and had a depth of 48 kilometers. –Peru this week
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4 Responses to 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattles coast of Peru- 119 injured

  1. luisport says:

    Update 11:00UTC:
    There have been 96 people injured as a result, according to the preliminary damage information provided by Civil Defence authorities. Many houses have been damaged as a result of the earthquake and a number of homeless are expected. At least 10 houses have been deemed uninhabitable.

    Some sections of Ica are still without power and water. The wall of the third floor of a house located at the same intersection of the Piura and Chincha avenues near Ica collapsed and crashed into the center of the house after the earthquake in the morning. It did not have any cross bracing.

    For persons injured by the earthquake in Ica, the General Office of National Defense, Ministry of Health informed the Emergency Operations Center National INDECI that they have been evacuated to hospitals and health centers for immediate care.

    Staff of the National Police of Peru are currently in all the provinces of the Ica region, while the Civil Defense Office of the provincial and district municipalities are conducting an assessment and monitoring test in coordination with the Regional Directorate of INDECI in Ica.

    For its part, Ica regional authorities made ​​an assessment visit in the districts of Ocucaje and Santiago in order to determine damage assessment and needs analysis.

    INDECI boss, General Alfredo Espinoza Murgueytio, has travelled in the last hours to the city of Ica, to coordinate with the Regional Government authorities and assess the damage caused by the earthquake.

    It should be noted that the quake was also felt in the regions of Lima, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junin and Arequipa.


  2. luisport says:

    I found this website (in french) http://www.activolcans.info/eruption-volcanique-du-volcan-Nabro-201201.html that happens to still be following Nabro volcano – and it says there was some activity today – and that Toulouse VAAC confirmed a small 3000m plume on the 7th of Jan


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