The city of Lima has 92 areas which are considered to be at risk of disaster during an earthquake, according to Peru’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet).
In a recent article by Andina, Ingemmet president Susana Vilca advised the national and regional governments to consider these areas in their natural disaster planing.
The critical areas, she said, present recurring signs of “geologic and geohydrologic danger,” and are highly susceptible to earthquakes.
According to Vilca, some of the city’s critical areas are located in: Punta Hermosa, Lurín, Villa El Salvador, Pachacamác, Villa María del Triunfo, San Juan de Miraflores, Ate Vitarte, Lurigrancho-Chosica, Downtown Lima, Rímac, Ventanilla- Callao, Independencia, Comas, Carabayllo, and Ancón.
A contributing factor, Vilca said, is that many homes in these areas are built on top of sandy land.
Last year a report by the country’s Civil Defense agency warned that an 8-degree earthquake, or higher, could leave over 51,000 fatalities, and more than 680,000 people injured in Lima and Callao.
On Thursday the country held its first national tsunami and earthquake drill.