Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Off Peru Coast | News


A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Peru on Friday, but the threat of a tsunami along some coasts has passed.

The US Geological Survey said today that the earthquake was at a depth of 28 kilometers. The authority raised its estimate of the strength of the quake shortly after it occurred 8.8 kilometers from the Atiquiba area.

Authorities in Peru issued a tsunami warning after an earthquake occurred at midnight local time west of the Atiquipa region. No losses of life or property were reported, according to preliminary data.

After the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned earlier of “dangerous tsunami waves expected at some coasts,” it later announced that the danger had passed. “There is no longer a threat of a tsunami as a result of this earthquake,” he said.

Peru, with a population of about 33 million, lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a vast area of ​​intense seismic activity that runs along the west coast of the Americas.

This country is struck by hundreds of detectable earthquakes every year.

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