December 6, 2007

Lima Peru Earthquake
Lima, Peru

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.

Earthquake felt in Lima, Peru

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.



December 8th, 2007

Some rule of thumb to know whether to walk around and take a look after a quake.

Under 7 or in the 6 and below can knock down weaker building, 7 and above will cause the earth to crack,and 8 will be major problems.

At 7 when the earth crack, the water lines below the roads and the road will crack. Below 7 more or less roofs will fall in.

I guess when I hear the 7 mark, I would say a person should go and see what the place looks like, as it is a once in a life time experience. I went to Indonesia and saw an earthquake.

90 percent of under 7 earthquakes will be clean quickly. When above 7, then some huge problem.
Andy in Philippines

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