A strong magnitude 8 earthquake struck northern and central Peru on Sunday, USGS reported. There are still no reports of possible victims.
Meanwhile, the Peruvian emergency services on Twitter reported that shocks of magnitude 7.2 were registered. In the country's capital, Lima, people ran out of their homes out of fear. There were power outages in many cities in the Amazon, according to the Associated Press.
The earth quaked about 180 km east of the city of Moyobamba at 105 km depth – USGS quoted by Reuters.
The same services cited by the AP indicated that the earthquake took place at 2.40 am local time, 80 km southeast of Lagoon, and 158 km northeast of the larger city of Yurimaguas.
There is currently no information on potential victims. Earthquakes that occur near the surface usually cause greater damage – according to AP.
Peru lies in the so-called. a Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the Pacific Ocean.