Caravelli in southern Peru hit by moderate earthquake

Published on : Monday, December 23, 2013

download-319An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit the Caravelli province in southern Peru’s Arequipa region on Sunday morning.

Peru’s Geophysical Institute, or IGP, said the quake struck at 09:56 local time (14:56 GMT) and was not felt by the population.

The tremor’s epicenter was located at 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) west of Caravelli’s Lomas district, at a depth of 35 kilometers (21.7 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.

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