August 24, 2011

Peru Struck By 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake


Less than a day after Virginia was hit with a 5.8 magnitude Earthquake, Peru felt the force of a 7.0 magnitude quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was about 350 miles northeast of the capital Lima, 51 miles north of the town of Puccalpa.

It said that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami was expected to occur as a result.

The agency said the quake occurred 90 miles underground at about 12:46 p.m. local time.  The USGS said the deeper the quake, the less it is likely to be felt or to cause destruction.

A province just south of Lima was hit by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on August 15, 2007.  This quake killed about 600 people and caused extensive damage to area buildings and infrastructure.

Over 140 earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 and above were felt in Peru in 2009.