Skip to comments.Earthquake struck Machu Picchu in 1450 study concludes
Posted on 12/25/2018 11:59:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Construction of Machu Picchu was interrupted around 1450 by a powerful earthquake, leaving damage still evident today and prompting the Inca to perfect the seismic-resistant megalithic architecture that is now so famous throughout Cusco, according to a major new scientific study revealed by Perus state-run news agency Andina...
The Cusco-Pata Research Project determined that a temblor of at least magnitude 6.5 struck during the reign of the 9th Inca Pachacutec while he was building his now iconic summer estate atop the saddle-ridge between two craggy mountain peaks.
As a result, the Inca moved away from using smaller stones, assembled in a more rustic cellular architecture, and continued to develop and perfect seismic-resistant trapezoidal structures, with giant stone blocks at the base with narrower upper walls.
(Excerpt) Read more at peruviantimes.com ...
The separation of stone blocks at Machu Picchu is due to an earthquake of at least magnitude 6.5 that struck around the year 1450.
The best quality stonework at Macchu Picchu is found in the religious buildings.
When I visited that site in 2002 I was afraid it would be crowded with tourists. But late in the day I could photograph the whole sweep of the main area without a soul in sight on the site.
Could you post some, that would be pretty nice.
Not at all surprising. A lot of earthquake (low scale tremors) in Peru. And the buildings are designed with irregular shaped interlocking blocks/rocks/stones.
Trial and error over time no doubt.
Over Macho Grande?
No. I don’t think I’ll ever get over Macho Grande
I've never seen the movie. I've also never eaten a Twinkie.
surely you must be joking
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