Second earthquake felt in Lima, Peru in early morning hours


Yesterday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake sent many Limeños running into the streets as buildings across the city shook worryingly. Then today at 3:41 am local time, a second, smaller quake was registered south of Lima, relatively close to the site of the first quake.

According to El Comercio, the Nov. 26 quake registered a magnitude of 4 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was located in the sea, 16 kilometers west of Chilca and 57 kilometers south of the city of Lima. The Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) reports that the earthquake took place at a depth of 57 kilometers. No damages have been reported.

Likewise, no serious damages have been reported as the result of the Nov. 25 quake. However, authorities did caution drivers from using the Costa Verde highway as evidence of small-scale but potentially dangerous rockslides was documented. El Comercio reports this morning that one woman was injured in Cañete, but she has been treated and is in stable condition.

The IGP has recorded 20 seismic events in Peru since the beginning of November. In July, 30 seismic events were recorded, making it the shakiest month of 2013 so far.

Did you feel the earthquake? Did it disturb your Lima slumber? Tell us about your earthquake experiences in the comments below!Quake with a Richter scale magnitude of 4 shook Lima just 12 hours after magnitude 5.8 earthquake.



Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.