Very strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - 27 km north of Camana, Arequipa, Peru, on Friday, February 16, 1979 at 10:08 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - 27 km north of Camana, Arequipa, Peru, on Friday, February 16, 1979 at 10:08 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 53 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Feb 16, 1979 10:08:53 UTC
Magnitude: 6.9
Depth: 53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.39°S / 72.658°W (Provincia de Camana, Arequipa, Peru)
Antipode: 16.39°N / 107.342°E
Nearest volcano: Huambo (84 km / 52 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
14 km (9 mi) NNW of Pisques (pop: 41) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) NNE of Camana (Camaná) (pop: 16,400) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) W of El Pedregal (pop: 20,100) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) NW of Mollendo (Provincia de Islay) (pop: 29,000) --> See nearby quakes!
115 km (72 mi) W of Cono Norte (pop: 47,300) --> See nearby quakes!
118 km (73 mi) W of Jacobo Hunter (pop: 46,100) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (74 mi) W of Arequipa (pop: 841,100) --> See nearby quakes!
121 km (75 mi) W of Ciudad Satelite (pop: 76,400) --> See nearby quakes!
121 km (75 mi) W of Selva Alegre (pop: 72,700) --> See nearby quakes!
675 km (419 mi) SE of Lima (Lima Province) (pop: 7,737,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1015 joules (392 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 21.1 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.953 kmnear the coast of southern PeruUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (15 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jul 3, 1979 03:00
43 years ago
5.1

77 km
South Pacific Ocean, 42 km W of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Jun 16, 1979 04:54
43 years ago
4.9

84 km
Provincia de Caraveli, Arequipa, 68 km S of Coracora, PeruMore
Jun 1, 1979 21:05
43 years ago
4.5

84 km
47 km NW of Mollendo, Provincia de Islay, Arequipa, PeruMore
May 27, 1979 12:07
43 years ago
4.6

65 km
South Pacific Ocean, 38 km S of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
May 2, 1979 17:15
43 years ago
4.5

66 km
2.4 km SE of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Apr 25, 1979 22:18
43 years ago
5.0

74 km
9 km N of Orcopampa, Provincia de Castilla, Arequipa, PeruMore
Apr 25, 1979 20:55
43 years ago
4.8

69 km
Provincia de Caraveli, 98 km NW of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Mar 21, 1979 02:52
43 years ago
5.1

58 km
South Pacific Ocean, 26 km SE of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Mar 11, 1979 14:40
43 years ago
5.0

62 km
South Pacific Ocean, 21 km SW of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Mar 7, 1979 06:21
43 years ago
5.1

126 km
61 km NW of Arequipa, PeruMore
Feb 24, 1979 12:16
43 years ago
4.8

70 km
South Pacific Ocean, 11 km W of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Feb 20, 1979 14:02
43 years ago
5.2

56 km
South Pacific Ocean, 8.8 km S of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Feb 17, 1979 15:41
43 years ago
5.1

79 km
5.5 km E of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Feb 16, 1979 22:18
43 years ago
5.5

52 km
15 km N of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore
Feb 16, 1979 11:13
43 years ago
4.6

85 km
South Pacific Ocean, 53 km S of Camana, Arequipa, PeruMore

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