A massive earthquake hit Lima Peru which registered an estimated 7.9 on the Richter scale. This is potentially a worst case scenario that will devastate the areas surrounding the city of Lima Peru when the damage reports come. The epicenter was only 100 miles from the South American nation’s capitol city.
Several aftershocks have also hit the country measuring 5.8 and 5.9 on the Richter scale. See the map. The devastating Lima Peru earthquake is thought to be between 7.5 and 7.9. The main quake shook homes and buildings in Lima Peru for more than a minute as houses toppled. At least 17 people have been killed in preliminary data as buildings collapsed in the city center and people fled the debris in panic, a reaction clearly visible in the video. The historic church of Ica Peru caved in on the parishioners seeking refuge.
“Terremoto en Peru” scream the headlines as the evening papers are printed.
A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire south and central American continents, and as far away as Hawaii. Let us hope that the earthquake damage remains localized, although that damage will be extensive. The Tsunami warning is still in effect.
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake would be one of the largest ever registered near a populated area, and one of the largest ever measured by modern instruments.
This will become known as the great Lima Peru earthquake of 2007. See the earthquake video on NBC news.