Friday, August 24, 2018

Breaking: 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Peru

7.1-magnitude earthquake on border of Peru, Brazil, USGS reports

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Peru, close to its borders with Bolivia and Brazil on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 
The quake was recorded at 4:04 a.m. local time at a depth of 378 miles. 
The epicenter was 83 miles west of the Peruvian village of Inapari and 140 miles west of the Bolivian city of Cobija. 
There was no immediate information on damage or casualties.
In 2001, at least 74 people were killed after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Peru and triggered a tsunami, the U.K.'s Express reported.
Earlier this week, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Venezuela Tuesday, the USGS reported. 
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

The August 24, 2018, M 7.1 earthquake near the Peru-Brazil border in southeast Peru occurred as the result of normal faulting at a depth of approximately 610 km. This earthquake occurred within the oceanic lithosphere of the subducted Nazca plate, almost 1,000 km east of the Peru-Chile Trench. Focal mechanism solutions indicate that rupture occurred on either a northwest or southeast-striking, moderately dipping normal fault. Slip on a fault of either orientation would accommodate the down-dip extension of the Nazca slab that is implied by the normal component of the faulting solution. At the location of the earthquake, the Nazca plate subducts to the east under the South America plate at a velocity of about 69 mm/yr.

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