Peru: 7 Magnitude Quake Hits Acari, Arequipa

A 6.8 magnitude quake, later updated to a 7, was felt at 11:43 a.m. in the central and southern regions of Peru. The USGS determined that the epicenter was in the Acari area in the Arequipa region.

Some media report small-scale damage [es], such as rock slides that have blocked part of the southern Panamericana highway. There have been no reports of victims.

There are reports of collapsed telephone lines, presumably caused by the saturation of calls from people with families in the affected areas. For his part, the mayor of Acari, Carlos Mejia Quispe, said [es] that there was damage to houses and schools, whose infrastructures suffered cracks, and the mayor of Caraveli, the province to which Acari belongs, dismissed deaths.

Coverage on Twitter was rather quick; here are some reports:

The quake occurred at 11:42:40. The magnitude was about 6.9º to the south of Lomas (Arequipa) with a depth of 30 KM

That quake was rather long, neighbors

Radio Yaraví and Radio Melodía report live about the quake in Arequipa.

Later some of the media spread reports by audio [es] and video [es] from the area. Some images and reports also came through Twitter from Acarí:

Police from Carreteras confirm collapse of hill in Chala

A Palca local reported that a group of houses remained cut off by strong quake

Image of a house destroyed in Acarí

Torn walls and broken pieces of glass from houses caused by the quake in the district of Acarí

Although a tsunami as a result of the quake was ruled out [es], some reports indicated anomalies on the Peruvian coast:

Intense wave occurs in Mollento, according to a report by a local from Arequipa

The quake was also felt in Lima, although with less intensity; however, they still had to enact security measures:

Workers in Dan Isidro evacuated after 6.8 quake in Arequipa


There were also reports from other cities in the country:

In Chincha, a seismic area, it was felt strongly, happily there is no known material or personal damage

Quake in the city of Cusco.

I am on a second floor in Huancayo and and the quake was felt…

In Chile, Peru's southern neighbor, the quake was also felt:

Regions of Chile were shaken by the quake in Arequipa

It was a 7 magnitude quake in Peru; it was felt in Arica and was a three magnitude.

Original post published on the Globalizado [es] blog by Juan Arellano.


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