7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Peru 

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Peru 

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.1  has struck southern Peru, 67km north-northwest of Juliaca, according to the United States Geological

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An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.1  has struck southern Peru, 67km north-northwest of Juliaca, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

The quake’s epicentre was 26km (16 miles) north-northeast of Azangaro near the Peruvian border of with Bolivia. 

According to the agency, the quake occurred unusually deep at 257 km. Most big quakes in South America occur at a depth of 70km or higher. 

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

The earthquake struck at 3.50am (8.50am GMT) and was felt across South America in neighbouring Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

As of now there are no reports of harm to people or property. A video posted on Twitter showed a chandelier rocking back and forth during the powerful tremors, but no damage was visible in the house.

Peru sits on on Earth’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone which sees 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes occur on it. 

The seismic region stretches along the Pacific Ocean coastlines, where the Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth’s crust.

Earthquakes are triggered when these plates scrape or slide underneath one another, and when that happens at sea it can spawn tsunamis.   

Today’s earthquake comes just a week after a deep 7.5 magnitude quake struck the Peru-Ecuador border region.

Peru sits on Earth’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ - a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone which sees 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur on it

Peru sits on Earth’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ - a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone which sees 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur on it

Peru sits on Earth’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone which sees 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes occur on it

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