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Lima, Peru Shaken by Small Earthquake

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The capital of Peru was shaken Tuesday night by a relatively small earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a mild magnitude of 4.6. The epicenter of the quake was around 22 miles (35km) off the coast of Lima, and occurred at a depth of around 38 miles (61km). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no tsunami warnings as a result of the light quake.

There are no reports of damage or injury as a result of the earthquake. The quake was felt by residents of Lima as only a light shaking. The quake was also felt by some residents of the smaller city of Barranca.

The ring of fire – the coastal areas of the Pacific where earthquake and volcanic activity is prevalent – has been particularly active already this year. Earlier this month, the big island of Hawaii also experienced a small 5.3 magnitude earthquake. In May, a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Sea of Okhotsk, just off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Before that, large earthquakes also struck northern Japan and Papua New Guinea.

Lima, Peru Shaken by Small Earthquake
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