Lima Peru Earthquake
I was just in an Earthquake in Lima, my first for the county.
It was about twenty minutes to nine this evening when the house started to shake. I was working in Tatiana's bedroom, with the rest of the household was either on the third floor, in the kitchen, or out running errands. Simba, the dog, was already going crazy since the vet had just visited (returning the change from his wash and grooming session earlier in the day).
It doesn't look like anything's broken—including Tatiana's water. The last thing we all need is for her to go into labor now.
The two young children in the house and their mother are quite scared. They don't want to go back upstairs. Every so often I hear the dogs start to bark in the neighborhood again, and wonder if we're going to get an aftershock.
The USGS (United States Geological Survey), another kickass piece of American technology and information sharing at work, has reported in only a few minutes after the event. The local news appears to be taped, not live, as they're not saying anything.
Information about the quake:
- Magnitude : 5.7 (Preliminary magnitude—subject to revision)
- Date-Time : Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 08:41:04 PM at epicenter
- Location : 13.549°S, 76.630°W
- Depth : 34 km (21.1 miles)
- Region : Near the coast of Central Peru
- Distances :
55 km (34 miles) WSW (258°) from Chincha Alta, Peru
105 km (65 miles) WNW (301°) from Ica, Peru
167 km (104 miles) SSE (164°) from Lima, Peru
- Source : West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS
Tatiana tells me that nearly all the earthquake they feel here in Lima come from around Ica. The Placa de Naza (Naza Fault) seems to generate more than people would like to remember. The big quake that recently trashed southern Peru came to mind as soon found out where the epicenter was, and hope things are OK down there.
I remember waking up in a dilapidated building in northern Chile to a fierce earthquake last year. That was not enjoyable.