Earthquake and Tsunami near Peru

The US Geological Survey has revised the location of this morning’s magnitude 7.5 quake near the coast of Central Peru.

Further analysis has determined that the off-shore quake was located 145 km SSE of Lima, Peru (45 km WNW of Chincha Alta, Peru) at a depth of 41 km. The quake was close to the interface between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, where the Nazca slides underneath the South American plate.

Early reports indicate damage in Lima, where the quake was strongly felt.

The latest bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, issued at 1:26 p.m. August 16th New Zealand time, indicates that a tsunami was generated, and was detected on the deep ocean gauge off northern Chile. A tsunami warning is still in effect for Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica. Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras have been placed on tsunami watch.

Alerts have not been issued for New Zealand at this time. More information on the size of the tsunami wave and a clearer picture of the tsunami risk should be available by mid-afternoon, New Zealand time.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

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