7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Peru, no reports of injuries

The quake hit at 0850 GMT about 27km north-east of the town of Azangaro, near the border with Bolivia.
The quake hit at 0850 GMT about 27km north-east of the town of Azangaro, near the border with Bolivia.PHOTO: USGS

LIMA (AFP) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck south-eastern Peru on Friday (March 1) but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

It hit in a sparsely populated area in the Andes region.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was at a depth of 257km. The agency said most big quakes in South America occur at a depth of 70km or more.

The quake hit at 0850 GMT about 27km north-east of the town of Azangaro, near the border with Bolivia.

Last week, a quake measuring 7.5 with its epicentre in neighbouring Ecuador rattled the coast and Amazon region of northern Peru.

It left nine people injured and caused damage in Ecuador, but Peru was unscathed.

Peru is located in a seismically active region. On Jan 14 last year, a quake measuring 7.3 killed two people and toppled buildings near the southern city of Arequipa.