By | May 26, 2019

Earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 8 strikes north-central Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey says a large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 has struck in north-central Peru.

The quake, at a moderate depth of 71 miles struck at 12:41 a.m. PDT, 50 miles southeast of the village of Lagunas and 98 miles east-northeast of the larger town of Yurimaguas. Earthquakes that are closer to the surface generally cause more destruction.

The Peruvian government’s emergency department tweeted that it registered a magnitude of 7.2, and that the quake was felt in the city of Callao, and the capital, Lima.

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