A powerful Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale has hit Peru in South America. The earthquake was horizontal shift of the tectonic plates and
measured at a depth of around 8 miles. The epicentre of the quake was 75 kilometres northeast of Moyobamba and 715 kilometres north of Lima. The
earthquake occured at 1:55:34 UTC time and early reports indicate that houses have collapsed and at least 4 people are dead.
Date-Time Monday, September 26, 2005 at 01:55:34 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 8:55:34 PM
= local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 5.657°S, 76.366°W
Depth 85.4 km (53.1 miles)
Region NORTHERN PERU
75 km (50 miles) NE of Moyobamba, Peru
175 km (110 miles) ENE of Chachapoyas, Peru
645 km (400 miles) SSE of QUITO, Ecuador
715 km (445 miles) N of LIMA, Peru
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.4 km (4.6 miles); depth +/- 14.2 km (8.8 miles)
LIMA, Peru -- A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7 hit northern Peru late Sunday, causing power outages and cutting phone service
throughout much of the region.
One radio report said four people were killed.
Peru's Geophysics Institute said the quake struck at 8:55 p.m. and was centered about 60 miles northeast of the jungle city Moyobamba, 420 miles
north of the capital Lima.
"Several houses have fallen down and there are several people dead," Carlos Mori, a resident of the jungle town of Lamas, near Moyobamba, told
Radioprograms. "All of the residents of Lamas are in the streets. Most of the people are helping."
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This quake was expected and with the odd patterns on the seismic charts at the moment more large quakes are forecast.
[edit on 25-9-2005 by Mayet]