Earthquakes in Lima 1974, Peru

Earthquakes in Peru

In Peru, there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes do not occur very frequently.

Since 1950, more than 68,600 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 16 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Peru by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Peru
  • June 7, 6:08 pm
    Magnitude 4.6: 66 km south of Atiquipa at a depth of 21.82 km.
  • June 7, 5:52 pm
    Magnitude 4.9: 64 km west-southwest of Atico at a depth of 35 km.
  • June 6, 12:53 pm
    Magnitude 4.5: 17 km south-southeast of Uñon at a depth of ten km.
  • June 5, 7:43 am
    Magnitude 4.6: 13 km north-northwest of Upahuacho at a depth of 10.03 km.
  • June 5, 6:55 am
    Magnitude 5.0: 18 km northwest of Lluta at a depth of ten km.
  • June 3, 2:17 am
    Magnitude 4.7: 3 km southeast of Lluta at a depth of ten km.
  • June 2, 9:48 pm
    Magnitude 5.0: 14 km north of Lluta at a depth of ten km.
  • June 2, 9:27 pm
    Magnitude 5.1: 14 km north of Lluta at a depth of ten km.
  • June 2, 8:49 pm
    Magnitude 5.5: 9 km south-southeast of Maca at a depth of ten km.
  • May 28, 11:57 pm
    Magnitude 5.1: Northern Peru at a depth of 147.43 km.

Earthquakes in Peru since 1950

Earthquakes in Lima 1974, PeruThe strongest earthquake in Peru happened on 06/23/2001 in the Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, Ayacucho region with a magnitude of 8.4 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 14 km resulted in 77 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
10/05/2022Piura48 km5.81
07/12/2022Moquegua, Arequipa10 km5.50
05/26/2022Puno217 km7.20
05/12/2022Lima, Callao, Chilca55 km5.42
11/28/2021Amazonas112 km7.50
07/30/2021Piura32 km6.20
06/23/2021Canete (Mala)50 km5.81
06/07/2020Coast (Chimbote)57 km4.51
05/26/2019La Libertad, Cajamarca; Ecuador110 km8.02
03/01/2019Arequipa267 km7.01
01/14/2018Yauca38 km7.12
08/13/2017Junin5 km5.81
08/11/2017Arequipa4 km5.61
07/18/2017Arequipa15 km6.41
12/01/2016Puno, Lampa 6.21
08/15/2016Arequipa 5.59
11/24/2015Peru-Brazil 7.60
11/24/2015Peru-Brazil 7.60
02/28/2015Arequipa (Caylloma: Cabanaconde)56 km4.50
09/28/2014Paruro Province19 km5.18
09/25/2013Arequipa 7.10
02/22/2013S47 km5.30
01/30/2012Ica 6.40
10/28/2011San Vicente De Canete34 km6.91
05/06/2010Tacna47 km6.20
01/21/2009Paccha3 km4.60
07/08/2008Arequipa7 km6.21
07/01/2008Central (Oxapampa, Huancabamba)33 km5.50
03/29/2008Off Coast24 km5.30
08/15/2007Ica, Pisco, Lima57 km8.0514
10/20/2006Central56 km6.70
10/31/2005N28 km5.40
10/01/2005Moquegua51 km5.30
09/26/2005Lamas, Chachapoyas, Moyobamba, Tarapota37 km7.55
08/09/2001Antabama59 km5.84
07/07/2001Arequipa, Arica43 km7.61
07/05/2001Caraveli, Chala, Arica, Iquique, Parinacota48 km6.60
06/23/2001Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, Ayacucho14 km8.477
10/31/1999Chuschi, Cangallo, Huancapi42 km4.40
04/03/1999Camana, Arequipa18 km6.81
11/12/1996Chincha Alta, Acari, Nazca, Marcona44 km7.714
02/21/1996Northern (Chimbote, Callao)1 km7.50
04/18/1993Lima23 km6.36
07/23/1991Maca, Chivay, Yanque50 km4.792
04/05/1991Rioja, Moyobamba, Nueva Cajamarca49 km6.753
04/04/1991Rioja, Neuva Cajamarca20 km6.40
06/09/1990N, Rioja, Moyobamba, Iquitos34 km4.91
05/30/1990Moyabamba-Riojo5 km6.5200
10/02/1987Santaog De Chuco, Trujillo, Chimbote55 km5.13
08/13/1987Arica; Peru (Arequipa, Tacna)6 km6.41
04/05/1986Cuzco28 km4.616
01/11/1986Huarmey, Casma, Huarax, Chimbote21 km5.31
08/21/1985Coast (Chimbote)28 km6.10
04/12/1983Chimbote54 km6.510
03/28/1982Coast, Lunahuana, Lima, Huancayo51 km6.13
06/22/1981Central21 km5.210
04/18/1981Ayacucho39 km4.88
11/12/1980South Central11 km4.97
02/16/1979Arequipa53 km6.918
10/03/1974Lima, Callao29 km8.178
01/05/1974Lima, Yauyos50 km6.310
03/20/1972Juanjui49 km6.17
10/15/1971Apurimac46 km5.75
07/27/1971Guayaquil49 km6.31
12/10/1970N; Ecuador38 km7.682
07/31/1970Juin Province Felt Argentina To Mexico City5 km7.11
05/31/1970Northern, Pisco, Chiclayo27 km7.966794
02/14/1970Panao, chaclla, quero, ayllamarca, la Linda16 km5.412
10/01/1969Huaytapallana, Lampa, Chilifruta 6.2150
07/24/1969Lampa-Junin, huaytapallana 5.90
06/19/1968San Martin, moyobamba, yantalo, rioja, lamas 7.015
09/03/1967Off Coast30 km7.00
10/17/1966Lima, huacho, huaura, Chancay, supe, san Nicolas56 km8.1110
09/24/1963Huayllacayan, cajacay, malyas, malvas, huaraz16 km7.01
08/15/1963S 7.70
04/18/1962Casma, huaraz, quiruvilca, trujillo 6.39
08/31/1961Peru 7.50
11/20/1960Peru56 km6.70
01/15/1960Lima, nazca, ica, huancavelic, palpa, huaitara 7.063
01/13/1960Arequipa, chuquibamba, caraveli, cotahuasi34 km7.863
12/24/1959Ayacucho, pomabamba, moyobamba, huahuapuquio 0.07
02/07/1959Peru-Ecuador51 km7.40
09/01/1958S 0.04
07/26/1958S 7.50
01/15/1958Arequipa 7.328
10/09/1955Mungui, la Union Prov, arequipa, toro, cotahuasi 0.01
12/12/1953Off Coast Of Peru25 km7.46
02/15/1953Lima 5.50
02/26/1952Peru-Bolivia 7.50
05/16/1951Peru 7.90
12/10/1950Ica, chimbote, huaraz, cajamarca, cuzco, moquegua42 km7.04
05/21/1950Cusco 6.083
05/16/1950Peru 7.90

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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