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.