Peru, August 24: An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 rattled Peru-Brazil Border Region on Friday. According to USGS data, the quake struck 155 miles north-west of Puerto Maldonado in south-eastern Peru. Earthquakes are common in Peru as the region lies on the boundary of Nazca and South American tectonic plates. Reports inform that the quake took place at 10 am UK time. No reports of damage or casualties have been reported so far.
According to USGS data, the earthquake’s epicentre was at a depth of 379 miles. In January this year, two people lost their lives and nearly 140 injured when a separate 7.1 magnitude quake hit Peru's Arequipa region.
Chile's Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero took to Twitter and said, "We have received information there was a strong 7.1 earthquake in southern Peru. "We convey to our Peruvian brothers our solidarity and willingness to cooperate if that is required. A hug to Peru."
Meanwhile, the death toll in the devastating earthquakes that hit Indonesia's Lombok island between July 29 and August 19 was raised to 557 on Friday. To recall, more than 390,000 people remain displaced due to the quakes, while 76,765 buildings were damaged. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson took to Twitter and informed that the majority of the fatalities 466 people were from North Lombok municipality, the most affected area.