Powerful 7.5 magnitude quake in Peru

The epicentre of the Peru quake.
The epicentre of the Peru quake.

A POWERFUL earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck eastern Peru near the borders with Bolivia and Brazil.

The earthquake struck at 5:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday (Wednesday morning Australian time).

The centre of the quake was in a jungle area about 173 kilometers north-northwest of Iberia in Peru, or 247 kilometers  west of Brasileia in Brazil.

It struck about 602 kilometers (374 miles) deep, making it a deep earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Computer models from the USGS estimated that nearly 1.2 million people in the region may have felt the earthquake, including some 30,000 people who may have experienced "strong" to "very strong" shaking.

It was not immediately known if there was any damage or casualties.

No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Topics:  brazil earthquake peru

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