Undersea earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes off Peru: USGS

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday.
An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday. PHOTO: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday (July 17), the US Geological Survey said, though Peru’s Civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami.  

The quake, which was initially measured by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at 6.3, was 44 km (27 miles) deep and centred 194 km (120 miles) south-east of Puquio, Peru, the USGS said.  

It was felt in Peru’s second largest city of Arequipa and in northern Chile, local media reported.  Mining company Southern Copper said there were no reports of damage at its operations in the area. .