- 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 Andesmountain range and the creation of the Peru-Chile Trenchas well as volcanism in the Peruvian highlands.
Notable earthquakes in Peruvian history include the following:
Geography of Peru
* [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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