Peru Earthquake: Lima Rocked By 4.6 Magnitude Quake 22 Miles From Coast [VIDEOS]

By Staff Reporter on June 19, 2013 11:49 AM EDT

Lima, Peru
Peru earthquake rocks city of Lima on Tuesday. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A Peru earthquake shook the capital city of Lima at approximately 1:40 p.m. local time on Tuesday. The epicenter of the quake was just 22 miles off the Peruvian coast and shook the city at a magnitude of 5.1 to 5.6, according to early reports. The USGS registered the quake at 4.6.

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Despite the alarming shock, no injuries or damages have been reported following the quake. According to Christian Post, magnitude 4.6 earthquakes occur tens of thousands of times every year. While the quakes can be felt, the activity causes little more than a mild clinking of glasses. That said, the Peru earthquake on Tuesday is particularly newsworthy as it occurred very close to a heavily populated area.

The country of Peru lies along the infamous "Ring of Fire," a belt of active volcanoes surrounding the Pacific Ocean. What's more, Peru's western coast is also where the South American plate collides with the Nazca plate. The active region, also known as the South American arc, stretches for more than 4,000 miles. The shifting plates force heavy ocean crust into the earth's mantle at a pace of 3 inches a year. The slow-motion phenomenon not only triggers quakes, but it builds the Andes Mountains as well.

The Peru earthquake on Tuesday is centered just 22 miles northwest of Lima but is 38 miles underground. Some scientists are claiming the quake is one of the deepest Peru will experience. Quakes deeper than 40 miles are rare in the region.

The strongest earthquake the South American arc region has ever experienced was a devastating 9.5 magnitude shock that destroyed southern Chile in 1960. The earthquake was followed by brutal tsunamis that destroyed virtually everything in its path.

According to Earthquake-Report, a Peru earthquake occurred in the Curpahuasi and Mariscal Gamarra district on May 21, 2013. A total of 33 buildings were damaged and the district of Curpahuasi reported collapsed buildings as well as cracks on houses and schools. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Watch the videos of the Peru earthquake below.

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