16 Jun 2024, 22:29
Update : 16 Jun 2024, 23:49

Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes off southern Peru

LIMA, June  16, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the
coast of southern Peru on Sunday but there was no immediate threat of tsunami,
government scientists said.

The Geophysical Institute of Peru said the quake was centered in the
Pacific at a depth of 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast of Arequipa

The government decided against activating the tsunami warning system.
The US Geological Survey put the magnitude 6.0 and said the epicenter of
the quake was 19.9 kilometers deep.

"At the moment no material or personal damage is reported," the National
Institute of Civil Defense said in a statement.

The event was perceived as being "between moderate and strong by the
population," the official report added.

Peru, with some 33 million inhabitants, lies in the so-called Pacific Ring
of Fire, a vast area of intense seismic activity that runs along the west coast
of the Americas.

Peru is hit by hundreds of detectable quakes every year.