The executive president of the Geophysical Institute of Peru pointed out that no material damage has been reported so far. | VIDEO: RPP News
This morning an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 was reported in Puno, but it was also felt in many other regions of the country and alerted the population. Even so, Hernando Tavera, executive president of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), stressed that so far there has been no material damage or human life.
The specialist explained that, since it is a very deep earthquake, it should not present major damage. The depth reached was 240 kilometers.
“So far, for the level of intensity that has been perceived on the surface, due to the shaking, it should not cause any type of damage, rather it scares the entire population and the information we have up to now confirms it. We have no information on damage, “he clarified in a conversation with RPP Noticias.
He explained that, due to the depth, the shaking and the effects that were felt and can be expected are much less than what could be expected from milder earthquakes but at shallower depths.
“Simply, the shaking of the ground is obviously less than if the earthquake had occurred at shallower depths. Another feature is that the perception radius of this shaking is also increased considerably. The entire southern region of Peru has been affected by the shaking caused by this earthquake.”he pointed.
In addition, Tavera reported that this earthquake was felt much more in the city of Arequipa, despite being located 348.2 kilometers from the epicenter.
“Practically, the population of the city of Arequipa has had the biggest scare because the recreation has been very intense in that area, in that city”he pointed.
The executive president of the IGP pointed out that aftershocks always occur in earthquakes like the one presented today, but he called for calm when he pointed out that it is very likely that these will not be perceived by the population.
“Aftershocks are always going to happen and, according to what I already have information, there have been two aftershocks of magnitude 2.5, for example. But because of the depth, I think that these aftershocks will not be perceived by the population at any time, ”he said.
According to the IGP, the town of Ayaviri would have been the epicenter of this strong earthquake. But, the mayor of the provincial commune of Melgar, Esteban Álvarez, pointed out that the telluric movement was not felt in the place.
On this, the executive president of the IGP pointed out that “it will depend a lot, for example, on where you are.”
“When you’re in fairly compacted soil, the ground shaking is attenuated considerably. When one is in heterogeneous or filled soils, the shaking is amplified. Or if I’m on the first floor, the shaking is also less; if I’m in buildings, it’s going to be higher. Probably, the mayor has not perceived it, but another resident of the same area may have perceived the shaking”he explained.
This morning’s earthquake was not only felt in the city of Puno, epicenter, according to the report of the Geophysical Institute of Peru; but throughout the southern part of the country.
Three minutes later, the earthquake was also felt in the city of Cusco. In addition, it lasted 50 seconds. According to correspondents in the city of Tacna, the earthquake was also felt with a strong magnitude; but no material damage or damage to people’s lives was recorded.
The same thing happened in the town of Arequipa, a city that according to Tavera had greater effects. Minutes before 7:00 am, the strong tremor shook the “White City”. According to the ATV Noticias correspondent, people felt the earthquake and left their homes; vehicular traffic also had to stop for long seconds.
Outside the national territory, the earthquake was also felt in the neighboring country of Chile. The telluric movement arrived with a magnitude of 6.7, according to the alerts of that country.
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