Magnitude 5 tremor shakes Arequipa region of Peru


An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted Peru’s southern region of Arequipa on Tuesday, Peru’s Geophysical Institute (IPG) reported.

According to IGP, the quake struck at 13:09 local time (18:09 GMT) and its epicenter was located at 34 kilometers (21.1 miles) south of the city of Arequipa.

The tremor occurred at a depth of 114 kilometers (89.4 miles) and scored a II-III on the Modified Mercalli scale in the city of Arequipa.

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

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.Authorities say no injuries or serious damages have been reported.