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An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.4 hit near the coast of Peru on Tuesday. The epicentre of the quake was 98 km from Camana Bay.

No reports on loss of lives or property have been reported so far. The quake hit the coastal region at 7:35 AM (Local time).

Camama is the district capital located in the department of Arequipa, Peru. It holds more than 13,304 local inhabitants.

The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America, reports USGS.

It marks the plate boundary between the sub ducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America.

Earlier today, a massive earthquake of 7.7 magnitude hit 685 km in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy coast line in Russia raising tsunami warnings in the region.

The quake followed several other aftershocks ranging to 1.2 to a couple above 5.0 magnitudes before simmering down.

The authorities have issued warnings of a possible tsunami for the coastal areas within 300 km of the region.

“Based on preliminary earthquake parameters… hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre,” said officials.

The quake in Russia occurred as the result of transform faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Pacific and North America plates in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, reports USGS


(This is a developing story, more details awaited)

First Published | 18 July 2017 8:40 AM
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