1996 Peruvian Tsunami
The following links provide access to the visual and quantitative data
gathered by the International Survey Team for
the tsunami which occurred along the Peruvian coast on February 21, 1996.
The event overview section offers a summary of
the earthquake that generated the tsunami and the extent of the area
affected by the event. Data gathered by the Tsunami Team, and maps showing
the areas attacked by the tsunami can be found under the
Runup Data section. Images and a movie showing damages
caused by the tsunami can be seen in the Structural
Damages & Casualties section. Pictures of the sites surveyed
by the team are accessible through the Images of Peru
section. All the pictures provided in this site can be enlarged for
- Event Overview: Description of the event,
including earthquake source information and location map, showing areas
impacted by the tsunami in a regional context.
- Images of Peru: A survey of the Peruvian
coast, including selected images taken by the survey team as they
- Runup Data: Raw and tide corrected runup data,
presented in tabular form, for all survey sites. Also runup charts for
Puerto Santa, Coishco, and Ensenada La Posa.
- Obtaining Data: Information on methods used in
the obtaining of data for the study of tsunamies.
- Structural Damages & Casualties: Reported
casualties, fatalities, and structural damage data, presented by
location. Also images and film clips of the structural damages and
- Eyewitness Interviews: A clip
of interviews done by a Peruvian Television station. Also some
interviews done by the International Survey Team in 1996. The interviews
have been translated from Spanish.