Video Deadly 8.0 Earthquake Today Creates Devastation – On Sunday, May 26, 2019, a powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake (see video below) hit the Amazon rainforest in north-central Peru. The epicenter was 46 miles from Lagunas, Peru.
Preliminary estimates indicate one person is dead, six other people sustained injuries, while 27 homes were damaged across seven provinces. The earthquake affected Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
Lagunas District is one of six districts of the Alto Amazonas Province, in the Department of Loreto, in Peru. It is bordered by the districts of Alto Pastaza, Pastaza, Jeberos, Santa Cruz, Urarinas and Parinari.
The capital, Lagunas, sits on the Huallaga River. The nearest road access is in Yurimaguas, situated 90 km (56 miles) to the south. To reach Yurimaguas by boat takes at least five hours.
The May 26, 2019, M 8.0 northern Peru earthquake occurred as the result of normal faulting at an intermediate depth, approximately 110 km beneath the Earth’s surface within the subducted lithosphere of the Nazca plate. Focal mechanism solutions indicate that rupture occurred on either a north- or south-striking, moderately dipping normal fault.
At the location of the earthquake, the Nazca plate moves to the east relative to the South America plate at a velocity of about 70 mm/yr, subducting at the Peru-Chile Trench, to the west of the Peruvian coast and the May 26th earthquake. Earthquakes of northern Peru and most of western South America are due to strains generated by this ongoing subduction; at this latitude, the Nazca plate is seismically active to depths of about 650 km. This earthquake occurred in a segment of the subducted plate that has produced frequent earthquakes with focal depths of 100 to 150 km.
- Lagunas, Loreto, Peru 75.6 km (47 mi) NNW – Population: 9,197
- Yurimaguas, Loreto, Peru 92.1 km (57.2 mi) W – Population: 41,827
- Lamas, San Martín, Peru 153.1 km (95.1 mi) WSW – Population: 13,693
- Tabalosos, San Martín, Peru 165.2 km (102.6 mi) WSW – Population: 14,744
- Moyobamba, San Martín, Peru – 187.2 km (116.3 mi) W – Population: 44,276
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Video:Peru Earthquake 26 May 2019. 8.0 magnitude earthquake hits peru