Earthquake 7.0 magnitude hits Peru: USGS - International

Earthquake 7.0 magnitude hits Peru: USGS - International

Earthquake 7.0 magnitude hits Peru: USGS - International

The quake struck at 12:50 a.m. PST (08:50 GMT).

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 7.0 struck southeastern Peru today, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicenter was about 17 miles north-northeast of Azangaro, Peru, at a depth of about 160 miles, according to the report.

Last week, a quake measuring 7.5 with its epicentre in neighbouring Ecuador rattled the coast and Amazon region of northern Peru.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it does not expect ruinous tidal waves. A video posted on Twitter showed a chandelier rocking back and forth during the powerful tremors, but no damage was visible in the house.

Earthquakes are triggered when these plates scrape or slide underneath one another, and when that happens at sea it can spawn tsunamis.

According to U.S. Geological Survey documents, a 7.1-magnitude natural disaster is considered major and can cause severe damage to most buildings, some to partially or completely collapse.

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