Moderate earthquake shakes Peru

11:05, January 04, 2010      

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An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale on Sunday rocked many parts of Peru's northern coast and central region, causing alarm in cities likes Chiclayo, Trujillo, Chimbote and Lima, the Peruvian Geophysics Institute (IGP) said.

The IGP added that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to the IGP, the earthquake occurred at 3:39 p.m. local time (2038 GMT). Its epicenter was located some 65 km from Huaraz city in the department of Ancash and 400 km northwest of Lima, and it had a depth of 104 km.

However, the earthquake was also felt in cities far from the epicenter, such as Chosica and Huacho in Lima department, as well as in the departments of La Libertad and Lambayeque in the northwest of the country.

The earthquake was felt with an intensity of four degrees at Mercalli scale in the cities of Lima and Huaraz, as well as in the localities of Chosca, Canete, Chimbote, the IGP said.

In August 2007, a strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 shook the provinces of Chincha, Pisco and Ica, all in Ica department, killing 596 people and destroying 70,000 houses.

Source: Xinhua
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