Earthquake 7.0 magnitude hits Peru

Representational picture – a magnitude 7.0 quake struck southeastern Peru on Mar 1, 2019. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck southeastern Peru on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of 257 km. The agency said most big quakes in South America occur at a depth of 70 km or higher.

The quake hit at 0850 GMT about 27 km northeast of the town of Azangaro, near the border with Bolivia.