Magnitude 7.five quake hits Peru-Brazil border, no damage reported

LIMA A key quake of magnitude 7.five struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey stated, but there had been no instant reports of harm.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.1, was felt all the way to the south of Peru, close to the Chilean border, according to local media. The quake could also be felt in the capital, Lima, 423 miles (681 km) away to the east, witnesses stated.

Peru’s Geophysics Institute reported an initial quake of magnitude 7.3 followed by one of magnitude 7.2

The principal quake’s epicenter was situated 184 miles (296 km) northwest of the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado.

It was extremely deep, 374.three miles (602 km) below ground, and in a sparsely populated jungle location of the Amazon so was unlikely to cause significantly damage or casualties.

The USGS mentioned a second quake, of magnitude five.9 struck nearby a couple of minutes later, also really deep.

The head of Peru’s emergency solutions, Alfredo Murgueytio, said the quake and an aftershock hit the Amazon area. “At this point there are no reported damages,” he stated.

A representative of mining company Southern Copper, one of Peru’s greatest copper producers positioned in Southern Peru, stated operations have been undamaged. Peru is the world’s No. three copper producer.

A number of residents of the Brazilian city of Brasileia, 153.5 miles (247 km) west of the epicenter, told Reuters they felt the ground shake and that chairs and tables rattled for the duration of the quake, but that there was not visible damage.

(Reporting by Teresa Cespedes Additional reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington and Alonso Soto in Brasilia Editing by Chris Reese and Sandra Maler)

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