7.0-magnitude Earthquake shakes Northern Peru

By on Aug 25, 2011 in Current Events, Natural Disasters, South America, World Comments

Earthquake map in Peru
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A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit an isolated region of Peru on on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 with buildings in the area reportedly shaken but caused no damage and injuries.

As noted at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on their official website, the earthquake occurred at 12:46 p.m. (local time) with the epicenter was close to the town of Pucallpa.

The area is about 82km (50 miles) north and 567km (352 miles) north-northeastern of Lima, and reports said the earthquake also shook buildings in Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil, which is near Pucallpa.

“There have been no damages reported, either to structures or to people”. Peru’s civil defense agency head Javier Urrelo told reports in the Ucayali region, where Pucallpa is located.

Although facilities of energy companies are functioning well, the recent earthquake was noted to be most powerful one since the 7.9-magnitude in 2007, which claimed more than 500 lives and damaged thousands of homes.

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