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7.0 Earthquake Shakes Peru But Minimal Damage and Injuries

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A powerful but deep earthquake struck the Amazon in northern Peru on Wednesday afternoon, seismologists said, injuring several people. The quake was unrelated to the recent earthquake in Virginia, according to Live Science, because that quake (and the one in Colorado) were too small to trigger the one in Peru.

By the sounds of it, the quake was not that bad, especially relative to the quake in 2007.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which also measured the earthquake at 7.0 on the Richter scale, estimated that some 40,000 people may have felt strong shaking, while 572,000 people may have felt moderate shaking. Another 2 million people could have felt light shaking.

A spokesperson for the National Civil Defense Institute confirmed two people sustained minor injuries when they fell off the roof of a home in the Perené District in Junin when the earthquake struck. One home also collapsed in Perené District, causing no casualties.

The state-run Andina news agency added that 18 children were also injured in Jauja province as a result of panic caused by the earthquake. None of their injuries were believed to be serious.

The quake in 2007 left 514 people dead, this current one doesn’t seem to have left much damage or even causes that many injuries.

It does seem a bit troublesome that 2011 seems to have experiences more major seismic activity than in year’s past. Between New Zealand, Japan, Virginia and now Peru, it feels like there are significant earthquakes happening all the time.

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