7.1 magnitude earthquake hits border of Peru, Brazil, says USGS
A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Peru's border with Brazil today, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. "So far no damage or victims have been reported and monitoring continues," said Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). The US agency said the quake hit at a depth of 609km (380 miles) on Peru's eastern frontier with Brazil. Here are more details.
Depth of quake had caused its force to dissipate: Chavez
Jorge Chavez, the Civil Defense Chief, said the depth of the quake had caused its force to dissipate, blunting its impact on the surface. "The depth has made it so there is no surface damage," he said on RPP radio. The earthquake had hit shortly after 0900 GMT, about 140km west of the Peruvian town of Iberia, the USGS said.