Ica in alarm for earthquake of magnitude 5.9, the ninth so far this day


Ica It hasn’t stopped shaking. After 3:00 p.m. this Friday, an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shook the region of southern Peru and generated alarm in the population, since it is the ninth earthquake event so far in the day.

The earthquake occurred at 3:22 p.m. with an epicenter located 111 kilometers southwest of Ica. It had a depth of 26 kilometers and intensity V, according to the National Seismological Center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

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The city shook for the first time at 04:11 hours, with an event of magnitude 5.1; its epicenter was located 91 kilometers to the southwest. Afterwards, a series of movements have occurred whose intensity, as indicated by the IGP reports, has increased. We list them below:

-At 05:56 hours one of magnitude 4.5 occurred

-At 04:16 there was another magnitude 4.6

-At 07:19 hours a magnitude 4.1 tremor was reported

-At 09:21 hours, another magnitude 5.0

-At 1:52 p.m. there was a magnitude 4 earthquake

-At 2:16 p.m. one more magnitude 4.4 was reported

-At 2:19 p.m. an earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred

The Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation of the Peruvian Navy has specified that the most recent earthquake, of magnitude 5.9, “does not generate a tsunami.” No personal or material damage has been reported, although Civil Defense continues to monitor the vulnerable area, according to Andina.

Peru is located in the area called the Pacific Ring of Fire, where 85% of the world’s seismic activity is recorded. In 2007, Pisco (Ica) was the scene of one of the most violent earthquakes in recent years, only surpassed by the 2001 Arequipa earthquake.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0 on the moment magnitude scale, a maximum intensity of IX on the Mercalli scale, and a duration of 3 min 30 s.

It left 600 dead, 1,300 injured, 48,000 homes completely destroyed and uninhabitable, and 450,000 people were affected. The most affected areas were the provinces of Pisco, Ica, Chincha, Cañete, Yauyos, Huaytará and Castrovirreyna, in addition to Lima.

The destructive magnitude also caused great damage to the infrastructure that provides basic services to the population, such as water and sanitation, education, health and communications. Furthermore, in El Carmen (Chincha), the houses were completely destroyed.


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