4.1 earthquake registers in Chimbote

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The port city in northern Peru had a startle just before midnight.

Maybe shifting tectonic plates just wanted to rock residents of Chimbote to sleep last night, when an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit the port city in northern Peru.

According to the Geophysical Institute of Peru * the earthquake registered *at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday night. With its epicenter marked 87 km southeast of Chimbote, and a depth of 37 km, no damages have yet been reported.

“The [earthquake]was felt with greatest intensity in Nuevo Chimbote,” especially those on top floors of buildings, IGP’s director Hernando Tavera commented to RPP.

Chimbote is the largest city in the Ancash region.

Be prepared: Pack a Survival Kit
Living in Peru would like to advise readers living in Peru to make the necessary preparations to be ready in the event of a large scale earthquake. Find out where your nearest evacuation and congregation points are and check your building's guidelines. If you're not sure what to pack, you can check our survival kit guide. We suggest that you pack both a rucksack and a box.

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Agnes Rivera

A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.