Magnitude 4.5 quake felt in San Martin, northern Peru


An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale rattled the Amazon region of San Martin in northern Peru early this morning.

Peru’s Geophysical Institute (IGP) reported the tremor struck at 06:33 local time (11:33 GMT) and its epicenter was located at about 43 kilometers (26.7 miles) southeast of Pampa Hermosa town, in Ucayali province.

The event was felt by locals in Tarapoto city with an intensity of II on the Modified Mercalli scale, while its depth was measured at 84 kilometers (52.1 miles).

According to Civil Defense authorities, there have been no reports of damage or injury so far from the quake.

Peru lies in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, which is the site of 85 percent of global seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.The tremor took place at 6:33 a.m. local time.