5.2-Magnitude Quake Shakes South-East Peru


There have not been damages or victims, according to Peru’s Geophysical Institute (Instituto Geofísico). In Lima, where the Pope was during the shake, the tremor wasn’t felt.

An earthquake of 5.2-magnitude shook this Thursday evening the region of the south-east Peruvian Andes without causing any damages or victims, informed Instituto Geofísico to El Espectador.

The epicenter was located 4 kilometers from the town Lorcay, in the region of Huancavelica, about 100 km deep. The tremor began at 8:11 pm on Thursday night and was felt by the locals only. So far, there are no reported damages, according to the news.

By the time of the quake, Pope Francis was in Lima, but since Huancavelica is about 450 kilometers away from the capital city of Peru, it wasn’t felt in this area.

Lircay is a remote village with a population of around 6,000 people. It’s also one of the poorest in the country.

Last Sunday, an earthquake of 6.8-magnitude shook the region of Arequipa, about 500 km away from Lima, and left two people deceased and several wounded.

The great quantity of shakes in the country is due to the location of Peru on the so-called Ring of Fire.

It is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place. It’s about 40,000 kilometers long and is shaped like a horseshoe.

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