Earthquakes in Peru


Earthquakes in Peru

Earthquakes in Peru are common occurrences as the country is located in a seismic zone. The interface between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates is located near the Peruvian coast. These plates are converging at a rate of mm to in|78|abbr=yes per year. Thus, earthquakes occur as thrust faulting on the interface between the two plates, with the South American Plate moving towards the sea over the Nazca Plate. The same process has caused the rise of the Andes mountain range and the creation of the Peru-Chile Trench as well as volcanism in the Peruvian highlands.

Notable earthquakes in Peruvian history include the following:

See also

* Geography of Peru

Sources

* [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/historical_country.php#peru Historic Worldwide Earthquakes] . Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
* [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/peru/history.php details on Historic Earthquakes in Peru] . Retrieved on August 25, 2007.


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