Peruvians were in for quite a jolt that woke them up from their deep sleep at around 2:32 a.m. local time in the morning of October 18, according to the US Geological Survey. This 4.2 magnitude seismic jolt shook the south-central coast of Peru. Its epicenter was at the west of the country, in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 11 kilometers.
As if this annoyance was not enough for Peruvians in a deep slumber, another bone jarring jolt, or more specifically, a thump welcomed them to the dawn of October 18. This tremor was experienced at 4:47 a.m. local time according to the Andina news agency. This jolt measured 3.8 on the Richter scale, quite moderate in comparison to the previous one.
The epicenter of the second earthquake was quite close to the first one. It was at a distance of 20 kilometers north of Chilca and at a depth of 60 kilometers. The first tremor literally left many people hurriedly racing on their feet to vacant grounds after being deprived of their sleep for several long moments.
Earthquakes are not new to Peru as it experiences an average of 200 earthquakes per year. The reason for this is the friction between two tectonic plates supporting Peru- the Nazca plate and the South American plate. As they glide over each other, a lot of seismic activity can be witnessed in Peru. This is the very cause responsible for the formation of Andes mountain range.
This abundant seismic activity in Peru can be a new experience to many travelers that hitherto never had a chance to explore such places. The occurrence of tremors being minor throughout the year makes it a thing not to be afraid of. Hence travelers remain undaunted and undeterred by their occurrences throughout the year.