5.5-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Peru’s Southern Coast

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A quake took place on Tuesday, 58 kilometers away from Yauca and no damages have been reported.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook Peru’s southern coasts on Tuesday, without any reported personal or material damages, informed the Geophysical Institute of Peru.

This quake was registered at 9:23 am, local time, with an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 58 kilometers away from the Yauca county, located in the Arequipa region.

The tremor originated 48 kilometers deep, as El universal informed from data from the Geophysical Institute of Peru, and it was perceived as moderate and strong by the people in Yauca.

Just a little over two weeks ago a 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook the region of Arequipa, leaving two deceased as a result, as well as hundreds of people wounded and homeless.

Earthquakes in Peru are not uncommon and the reason has to do with this country’s location on the Ring of Fire of the Pacific. It consists of an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur constantly.

The Ring of Fire also registers about 85% of the entire seismic activity in the world and important volcano activity.

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