This day was spent driving the
coast road south of Camana to the port of Quilca. The road continues
south along the coast after the Pan Am highway turns inland.
It runs along the tops of the cliffs and through several canyons
before dropping down to the coast and running along the back
almost all the way to Quilca. The place where the road comes
down to the coast is known as La Bajada. The inundation line
was obvious, debris was scattered all the way back to the road,
over 150 m from shore. The entire beach was covered with debris.
This beach is very wide, flat and hard packed. Lower right photo
In the port town of Quilca the
tsunami had quite an interesting effect. There were 4 distinct
surges. The first withdrew to the base of the fish loading dock.
When this first withdrawl returned it surged over the top of
the fish loading dock. The second withdrawal then went out and
withdrew far enough to expose the sea floor several meters in
front of the loading dock. The return of the 2nd surge came
up over the fish dock to a point just higher than the 1st surge.
The third withdrawal went out almost to the mouth of the bay,
a distance of probably 100-m and a depth of 6 8 m (reported
by locals). When this surge returned it covered the pier (a
minimum of 2.4 m above SWL at survey time) reportedly surged
over a concrete room at the edge of the dock (nearly 4 m) and
up the main street to an elevation of nearly 4 m.
After the trip to Quilca, we returned to
Camana, regrouped and drove the Pan American down to the town
of Mollendo and the port of Matarani. It was a long drive,
up the mountains from Camana, finally out of the coastal fog
and into the bright sun and the Peruvian desert. We passed the
turnoff to Arequipa and continued on down the windy mountain
road, back into the coastal fog to Mollendo. Arrived around