On 23 June 2001, at 20:33 UTC, a major earthquake occurred near the coast of southern Peru, about 190 km west of Arequipa (16.15°S, 73.40°W). A revised magnitude of 8.4 was computed for this earthquake by the United States Geological Survey, NEIC (see http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/01_EVENTS/0l0623203313/010623203313.html for further information). The earthquake occurred along the west coast of Peru (Figure 1) at the boundary between the Nazca and South American Plates and resulted from thrust faulting along this boundary as the Nazca Plate subducts beneath the South American Plate. The two plates are converging toward each other at a rate of...

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