Massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Peru

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1  has struck southern Peru, 67km north-northwest of Juliaca.

The earthquake struck at 3.50am local time and was very deep at 258 km. Most big quakes in South America occur at a depth of 70km or higher.

The tremors were reportedly felt in neighboring Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

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

As of now, there are no reports of harm to people or property.

Peru sits on Earth’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone which sees 90 percent 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.

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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 follows a week after a deep magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Peru-Ecuador border region, causing tremors that the Ecuadorean president said were felt around the country.