Strong Earthquake Strikes Northern Peru

Lima, An earthquake with a magnitude as high

as 8.0 stuck northern Peru in the early hours this morning, the United

States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The quake, at an intermediate depth of around 110 kilometers,

was felt around the country and even hundreds of miles away in the

capital city of Lima, local authorities reported.

There were no initial reports of casualties or of significant

damage.

Intermediate depth quakes typically cause less surface damage

than shallower tremors. Peru sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire

where the majority of the world’s seismic activity occurs.

The earthquake was around 75km SSE of Lagunas and 180 km

east of the town of Moyobamba the USGS said, the Reuters news

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency