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Earthquake struck Machu Picchu in 1450 study concludes
Peruvian Times ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andean Air Mail and Peruvian Times

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 Peru’s 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 ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: andes; earthquake; earthquakes; godsgravesglyphs; inca; incas; pachacutec; peru
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 separation of stone blocks at Machu Picchu is due to an earthquake of at least magnitude 6.5 that struck around the year 1450.

1 posted on 12/25/2018 11:59:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...

2 posted on 12/26/2018 12:00:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


3 posted on 12/26/2018 2:01:50 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a Russian AK-47 and a French bikini.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
Could you post some, that would be pretty nice.

4 posted on 12/26/2018 2:15:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


5 posted on 12/26/2018 3:25:01 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committtee)
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To: SunkenCiv

Over Macho Grande?


6 posted on 12/26/2018 6:18:20 AM PST by Delta 21
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To: Delta 21

No. I don’t think I’ll ever get over Macho Grande


7 posted on 12/26/2018 7:51:30 AM PST by montag813
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To: Delta 21; montag813
I've never seen the movie. I've also never eaten a Twinkie.

8 posted on 12/26/2018 1:55:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: montag813

surely you must be joking


9 posted on 12/26/2018 2:00:09 PM PST by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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