Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine
This week Peru experienced two earthquakes bringing the total to 20 earthquakes this South American country experienced in November. In July, Peru experienced 30 earthquakes - the highest monthly total in 2013. The country averages 200 minor earthquakes a year; it will surely surpass that average this year.
The country gets hit with a major quake every six years and is overdue for a major earthquake. Approximately 3 inches of oceanic crust slides annually beneath the region.
The year started with a 6.2 magnitude quake that affected Peru’s Ica region. The quake left 119 people injured and damaged 16 homes.
Peru is situated along the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The movement of these tectonic plates was responsible for the most powerful quake ever recorded, a magnitude-9.5 quake that hit Chile in 1960.
Peru’s last major quake occurred in 2007 and registered at 7.9. It killed some 500 people causing billions of dollars in damage and economic losses. The deadliest quake on record was in 1746 that killed 5,000 people.