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Powerful earthquake shakes southern Peru

A USGS map locates the epicentre of the earthquake that hit Peru on May 26, 2022. Photo: Screengrab/earthquake.usgs.gov

A USGS map locates the epicentre of the earthquake that hit Peru on May 26, 2022. Photo: Screengrab/earthquake.usgs.gov

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook a remote region of southern Peru on Thursday, sending frightened people running into the streets in nearby Bolivia, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7:02 a.m. (1202 GMT) quake was centred 13. kilometres (8 miles) west-northwest of Azangaro, but was fairly deep — 218 kilometres (135 miles) beneath the surface.

The quake swayed some buildings in La Paz, the capital of neighbouring Bolivia, where people fled into the streets. It was also felt in Peruvian cities such as Arequipa, Tacna and Cusco, as well as in northern Chile, but local authorities and radio stations had no reports of damage or victims.


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