ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A 5.0 magnitude Peru earthquake today 2014 has just struck the country. The Peru earthquake today July 31, 2014 began moment ago, west of Bolivia. Damage assessment is pending.
USGS indicates to news that the Peru earthquake today began just after 1:09 pm local time. The quake was deep. USGS indicates to news that the quake started sixty miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. The quake was twenty-one miles east of Arequipa. It was fifty-two miles west of Moquegua and sixty-three miles east of Mollendo. The quake was also seventy-nine miles north of Ilo.
Officials tell news that “Most of the large earthquakes in South America are constrained to shallow depths of 0 to 70 km resulting from both crustal and interplate deformation.” They add “Crustal earthquakes result from deformation and mountain building in the overriding South America plate and generate earthquakes as deep as approximately 50 km. Interplate earthquakes occur due to slip along the dipping interface between the Nazca and the South American plates.”
The region has been a hot-bed of earthquake activity in recent years. In September 2012, a 5.4 magnitude temblor erupted in Chile but was felt in Peru and Bolivia. The quake struck seventy-five miles east of Iquique. The quake was also one hundred miles southeast of Arica and one hundred thirty-three miles southeast of Tacna, Peru.