1615 Arica earthquake

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1615 Arica earthquake
1615 Arica earthquake is located in South America
1615 Arica earthquake
Local date 16 December 1615 (1615-12-16)
Magnitude 7.5 M[1]
Epicenter 18°30′00″S 70°21′00″W / 18.500°S 70.350°W / -18.500; -70.350Coordinates: 18°30′00″S 70°21′00″W / 18.500°S 70.350°W / -18.500; -70.350
Areas affected Arica
Spanish Empire
Total damage Moderate[2]
Tsunami Yes[1]
Casualties 3 injured[3]

The 1615 Arica earthquake was a major earthquake centered near Arica in the Spanish colonial Viceroyalty of Peru, within the present day Arica y Parinacota Region of northwestern Chile.

The earthquake caused considerable damage to the infrastructure of the city with the Iglesia Mayor. The city's fort collapsed, and cracks opened in the floor of the royal quicksilver storage facility.[3][2] No human was reported dead but three people suffered injuries.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kovach, Robert L. (2004). Early earthquakes of the Americas (1. publ., repr. ed.). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-521-82489-7. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Significant Earthquake". NGDC/NOAA. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Urrutia de Hazbún, Rosa; Lanza Lazcano, Carlos (1993). Catástrofes en Chile, 1541-1992 (in Spanish). Santiago: Editorial La Noria. p. 33. Retrieved 7 September 2014.