This morning of November 29, around 1:50 am, an earthquake was recorded in various parts of the national territory. According to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (PGI), the earthquake was magnitude 5.3 and the epicenter occurred 112 kilometers in Canta.
Likewise, they stated that the depth was 112 kilometers, with a latitude of -11.34 and a longitude of -76.83. The tremor was not only felt in the epicenter of Canta, but also in several districts of Lima.
Through social networks, users reported that they felt the tremor in Carabayllo, Puente Piedra, San Martín de Porres, Miraflores, Santiago de Surco, San Juan de Miraflores, Chorrillos, Comas, Surquillo, Los olivos, among others.
As recalled, on Tuesday, November 28, an earthquake was also felt in the capital. The epicenter was in Ancón and was 4.5 magnitude. The depth was of 112 kilometerswith a latitude of -11.34 and a longitude of -76.83.
Peru is located in the area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.a region that concentrates 75% of the volcanoes that exist in the world and where approximately 80% of the strongest earthquakes of the world.
The also called Pacific Ring of Fire is made up of the mountainous area of western Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada, and then turn around the Aleutian Islands and go down the coasts and islands of Russia, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor, Brunei, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and New Zealand.
In the case of Peru, the country is in the South American tectonic plate that collides head-on with the Nazca plateWhen they are in friction, they generate tension, which is released in the form of earthquakes; In addition, the region has constant volcanic activity.
The Ring of Fire extends over 40 thousand kilometers and is shaped like a horseshoe, in addition, Within this line there are 452 volcanoes and is home to most of the so-called “supervolcanoes”, whose eruptions are at levels VEI-8, considered catastrophic.
In the event of an earthquake, it is essential to follow the following safety measures:
- Keep calm: Try to stay calm and help reassure those around you, especially children and the elderly.
- Find a safe place: Move to a safe area, such as under a sturdy table or next to a main wall. Avoid windows, mirrors and objects that could fall.
- Get covered: Protect your head and neck with your arms. If you are under a table, stay there until the shaking stops.
- Stay away from falling objects: Avoid being near shelves, tall furniture or any object that could fall during the earthquake.
- Don’t use elevators: If you are in a building, avoid using elevators and use stairs to evacuate if necessary.
- Stay in the safe place: Once the earthquake is over, wait for the situation to stabilize before moving. Aftershocks are possible.
- Maintain communication: Use a radio or your phone to stay informed of the situation and receive instructions from authorities.
- Have an emergency kit: Prepare a kit with essential items such as water, non-perishable food, flashlight, radio, important documents and medications.
- Assess damage: After the earthquake, assess your surroundings for potential hazards and structural damage before leaving a safe location.
- Follow the instructions of the authorities: Listen to instructions from local authorities and follow evacuation procedures if necessary.
Remember that it is important to be prepared and know the safety measures to act quickly and efficiently in the event of an earthquake.