BREAKING NEWS: Major 6.9 Earthquake Hits Central Peru

By | Aug 25, 2014 02:01 AM EDT
Earthquake in Peru

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake also struck Lima, Peru leaving 519 people dead in August 15, 2007.(Photo : Wikipedia/USGS File)

A high-intensity 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Central Peru on Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The tremor, which centered in Tambo, Peru, was initially scaled at 7.0 but has since then downgraded.

According to Mario Casareto, spokesman for a fire agency in Peru, no damage to properties and injuries were immediately reported. Authorities are still surveying the area including Ayacucho where the quake was centered.

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The survey agency detailed the seismic activity occurred at 23:21 GMT (6:00 a.m. UTC) at 43 kilometers east-northeast of Tambo and about 467 kilometers southeast of the capital city Lima with a depth of 16.4 kilometers. It was also felt in other major cities such as Cuzco and Arequipa.

Peruvian news company, El Comercio, reported that residents of Huamanga evacuated their homes and sought refuge to a local parade ground to avoid further damage. Cellphone and power outages to affected areas are also evident.

In related news, this Peruvian earthquake took place after a destructive 6.0 magnitude that hit San Francisco Bay, California injuring almost 200 people.

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