Peru hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake


A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Peru on Thursday morning (May 26). According Weather.comthe U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake began around 8:02 a.m. EDT.

Reports say the earthquake “struck at a depth of 135 miles” and “the epicenter was located…about eight miles west-northwest of the town of Azangaro.”

When the quake began, radio reports said tremors were felt as far away as La Paz, Bolivia, located about 200 miles southeast of the epicenter, but the city did not suffered no structural damage or fatalities.

The Associated Press also reports that the earthquake could be felt in other cities in Peru, including Arequipa, Tacna, Cusco and northern Chile. There are reportedly no casualty reports at press time. No additional information has been released about other damage or injuries in the vicinity.

Last November, Peru was shaken by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. The earthquake’s epicenter is believed to be in the Amazonas region of northern Peru. There was significant structural damage to roads, bridges and buildings in the area. The quake was strong enough to be felt in neighboring Ecuador and Colombia.

We will update this piece if there is additional information.


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