Mild quake shakes Lima and surrounding areas

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Rush hour commuters in Peru’s capital were surprised by a mild quake on Tuesday evening. The 4.8-magnitude tremor struck at 6:06 p.m. local time and was centered near the town of Lunahuaná at a depth of 75 kilometers, according to the Peruvian Geophysics Institute.

In Lima, the quake was rated as having an intensity of II-III on the Mercalli Scale. There was no damage reported anywhere in the city.

Lima is located along a subduction zone, where the Nazca Plate moves under the South American Plate. Mild earthquakes are frequently felt in the city and surrounding regions.

The 4.8M quake was centered in the town of Lunahuaná.

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