6.4 earth­quake hits Peru: UGS

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A 6.4 mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck just off Peru’s south­ern coast Mon­day, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said, with no im­me­di­ate re­ports of in­juries or dam­age. The quake hit at ap­prox­i­mately 9:05 pm lo­cal time with a depth of 44 kilo­me­ters. It oc­curred some 220 kilo­me­ters west of Are­quipa, Peru’s sec­ond most pop­u­lous city. Though there was no ini­tial ev­i­dence of dam­age the tremor pro­voked alarm among Peru­vians, with the Mayor of the south­ern town of Car­aveli say­ing res­i­dents there had taken to the streets. “The tremor has been very strong here in Car­aveli,” Mayor San­ti­ago Neyra said. “It has gen­er­ated fear in the pop­u­la­tion.”

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