1997 Cariaco earthquake

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1997 Cariaco earthquake
1997 Cariaco earthquake is located in Venezuela
1997 Cariaco earthquake
UTC time1997-07-09 19:24:14
ISC event1036154
Local dateJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
Local time15:24:14 VET
Magnitude6.9 Mw [1]
Depth20 km (12 mi) [1]
Epicenter10°27′N 63°35′W / 10.45°N 63.58°W / 10.45; -63.58Coordinates: 10°27′N 63°35′W / 10.45°N 63.58°W / 10.45; -63.58
FaultEl Pilar Fault
TypeStrike-slip [2]
Total damage$81 million [3]
Max. intensityVIII (Severe) [4]
Casualties80–81 dead [2]
522–683 injured [2]
3,000–3,500 displaced [2]

The 1997 Cariaco earthquake occurred on July 9 at 15:24:14 local time with a moment magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). With its epicenter near Cariaco, Venezuela, at least 81 people were killed and over 500 were injured. Disruption of power, telephone, and water services was reported. This earthquake was felt in much of northeastern Venezuela and could also be felt in Trinidad and Tobago.[5] This earthquake was on the strike-slip El Pilar Fault.[6]

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  1. ^ a b ISC (2016), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2012), Version 3.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b c d USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey, archived from the original on August 18, 2016
  3. ^ National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  4. ^ USGS (December 1, 2008), EXPO-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2007-12, United States Geological Survey
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-02-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Grosser, H.; Rietbrock, A.; Baumbach, M.; Torres, G. R.; Rojas, J. (2001). "Seismic Tomography in the Aftershock Region of the Cariaco Earthquake 1997". AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 32: S32E–03. Bibcode:2001AGUFM.S32E..03G.

Further reading[edit]

  • Audemard, F. A. (2007), "Revised seismic history of the el Pilar fault, Northeastern Venezuela, from the Cariaco 1997 earthquake and recent preliminary paleoseismic results", Journal of Seismology, 11 (3): 311–326, Bibcode:2007JSeis..11..311A, doi:10.1007/s10950-007-9054-2

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