ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Peru earthquake today 2014 has struck in the morning hours. The terremoto en Peru hoy, a temblor registering 4.6 magnitude, hit today July 23, 2014 just before sunrise. Damage assessment is pending.
Officials tell news today that a 4.6 magnitude Peru earthquake today struck just before 5 am PST. The quake began at a shallow depth. USGS indicates to news that quake started twenty one miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region.
USGS indicates to news that the terremoto en Peru hoy started five miles south of Sechura. The quake was fourteen miles southwest of Vice and roughly sixteen miles west of La Union. Reps tell news that the quake was twenty-seven miles south of Catacaos and roughly four hundred miles south of Quito.
Officials tell news that “Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world.” They add “Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event.”