1615 Arica earthquake

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.

1615 Arica earthquake
1615 Arica earthquake is located in South America
1615 Arica earthquake
Local date16 September 1615 (1615-09-16)
Magnitude7.5 Ms[1]
Epicenter18°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 affectedArica
Spanish Empire
Total damageModerate[2]
Casualties3 injured[3]

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]


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  2. ^ a b National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): NCEI/WDS Global Significant Earthquake Database. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information=NGDC/NOAA. "Significant Earthquake Information". doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  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.