6.9 Quake Shakes Peru

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the South American country of Peru Friday at 2:54 pm EDT.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was near the coastal city of Ica in central Peru, 178 miles from the capital city of Lima.

RPP Noticias, a Peruvian news organization, reported that in Ica, people fled to the streets where there was some structural damage due to a previous earthquake in 2007.

The quake was also felt in Cusco, about 400 miles away.

No immediate tsunami warning was issued.

Originally for the Talk Radio News Service.

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