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Magnitude 8.0 NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 23:40:57 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU, about 45 km (25 miles) west-northwest of Chincha Alta or about 145 km (90 miles) south-southeast of Lima at 5:40 PM MDT, Aug 15, 2007 (6:40 PM local time in Peru).

At least 514 people killed and 1090 injured. More than 35,500 buildings destroyed and more than 4200 buildings damaged. The majority of the damage and casualties occurred in Chincha Alta, Ica and Pisco. Widespread communications and power outages occurred in the area. The Panamerican Highway, the Carretera Central and other main transport routes suffered heavy damage due to landslides and cracks. Felt (VIII) at Chincha Alta; (VI) at Lima, (V) at Cusco, (IV) at Arequipa and (III) at Trujillo. Felt at Abancay, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chaclacayo, Chillca, Chimbote, Chosica, Cocachacra, Huacho, Huanuco, Huaraz, Huarmey, Ica, Imperial, La Oroya, Lambayeque, Mala, Nazca, Nuevo Imperial, Pachacamac, Quillabamba, Urubamba and Viru. Felt (III) at Bogota, Colombia and (II) at La Serena, Chile. Also felt at Coquimbo and Iquique, Chile; at Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador; at La Paz, Bolivia and at Manaus, Brazil. Possible earthquake lights observed at Lima. Tsunami wave heights in centimeters at the following selected tide stations: 16 at Antofagasta, 36 at Arica, 23 at Caldera, 28 at Coquimbo, 16 at Iquique, 21 in Archipielago Juan Fernandez, 18 at San Antonio, 28 at San Felix, 35 at Talcahuano and 17 at Valparaiso, Chile; 27 at Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; 30 at Nuku Hiva Island, French Polynesia; 12 at Hanasaki and 13 at Tosa-Shimizu, Japan; 20 at Acapulco, Mexico; 30 at Chatham Island, 13 at Green Island, 25 at Kaikoura, 17 at Lyttelton, 22 at Sumner Head and 26 at Tinaru, New Zealand; 100 at Callao and La Punta, Peru; 13 at Apia, Samoa; 10 at Dutch Harbor, Alaska; 0.12 at Crescent City, California; 33 at Hilo, 28 at Kahului, 12 at Kawaihae, Hawaii, USA; 14 at Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

 


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