United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the Tirapata region of southern Peru on Thursday. The quake had a depth of 212 km (132 miles). According to the US Tsunami Warning System, there was no tsunami warning in place. There were no initial reports of damage or casualties.
European Mediterranean Seismology Center (EMSC) early pegged the quake at magnitude 7. And some sources said that magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Peru as everyone in the area felt the tremor. The earthquake measure was 6.9 on the Richter scale has hit Bolivia. It was reportedly about 19 km from Ayaviri, Puno, Peru.
It was reported to have occurred at a considerable depth of 212 km. But this could change in the coming hours as seismologists revise their calculations. The researchers estimate that the earthquake was probably felt by almost everyone in the area. And it may have caused light to moderate damage.
Back in 1994, the strongest earthquake in Bolivia occurred, and claimed the lives of five people. It measures a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. And it occured at a depth of 16 km. That one came after an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale. And it was in rattled parts of England on Saturday (May 21).
Most of the tremors were felt in Scotland, as many people reported that their houses had cracked in the early hours of the morning. According to the UK Geological Survey, the quake was felt in Inverurie, Lairg, Huntly, Shetland, Aberdeen, Helmsdale, Banff Ellon, Stonehaven, and Fraserburgh.
The immense force of the quake knocked many Britons out of bed, with some reporting hearing a low rumble. The power of that natural event was even more terrifying when the location of the original earthquake was considered.
The epicenter was about 86 miles west of Norway below the surface of the earth in the Norwegian Sea. There were at least more than 70 people reported the quake. It lasted about two minutes according to the US Geological Survey.