Thursday 22 August, 2019

7.1 earthquake hits southern Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Peru.

The event's epicentre was 27 kilometres (16 miles) north-northeast of Azangaro and it had a depth of around 260 kilometres (160 miles).

The earthquake struck at 3:50 a.m. (0850 GMT).

Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Earthquakes in Peru are common occurrences as the country is located in a seismic zone. The interface between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates is located near the Peruvian coast.

In 2007 a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the central coast of Peru, lasting for about three minutes and resulting in the deaths of 519 people, thousands injured, and tens of thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed. 

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