Quake hits Southern Peru

2010-05-06 08:01

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook southern Peru near the Chilean

border late yesterday, the US Geological Survey said. There were reports of

toppled electricity poles in the Peruvian city of Tacna.

The USGS said the quake’s epicentre was 25km west of Tacna at a

depth of 11km. It struck at 9.42pm local time.

Local radio station RPP said the quake toppled telephone poles in

Tacna, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The station said

Peru’s Geophysical Institute put the quake’s magnitude at 6.5.

On August 15 2007, a powerful earthquake killed 596 people and

reduced the Peruvian town of Pisco to rubble.

Tacna is near Peru’s border with Chile, where a huge magnitude-8.8

quake hit on February 27, triggering a tsunami and killing 486 people. Since

then the region has been shaken by dozens of smaller quakes. - Sapa-AP

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