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Peru Earthquake (8/15/2007)

On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 a Mw 8.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Peru 150km SSE of the capital city of Peru. The latest death toll has risen to 437 people and at least 1300 have been injured.

The earthquake happened at the boundary between the Nazca and the South American plate. The Nazca plate is subducting underneath the South American plate at a rate of about 70 mm/yr (after Stein and Okal, 2007).

We modeled the first 2 hours of the tsunami waves showing an energy distribution with a predominantly SSW orientation.

The Tsunami Research Center will periodically update this website.

Maximum wave height distribution 10 hours after the earthquake in the vicinity of Peru.
Pacific Ocean animation

Animation of the tsunami propagation over the Pacific Ocean.