August 24th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

6.8-magnitude quake strikes northern Peru

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Peru on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Authorities did not immediately report any victims or significant damage.

The temblor struck at a depth of 90 miles, about 350 miles north-northeast of Lima and about 50 miles north of Pucallpa, at 12:46 p.m. local time (1:46 p.m. ET), the USGS said.

The epicenter is also about 130 miles west of Cruzeiro do Sul in western Brazil.

The quake shook buildings hundreds of miles away in the capital and temporarily interrupted phone service there, and postings on social network sites say Ecuador and Brazil felt the quake, according to El Comercio newspaper in Lima.

El Comercio reported that people in the cities of Moyobamba, Loreto, Ica and Trujillo also felt the quake.

The USGS considers anything above 6.0 magnitude a "strong" quake.

Read CNN's full coverage of the earthquake in Peru
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. ruth67

    If we dont get it together were either gonna destroy our world in a nuclear war or nature will take care of us with many more extreme ecological disasters, and hey at our present day rate of 184 million barrels of oil per day being extracted from the ground (in order to keep our wonderfully "civilized" developed countries running) by the way weve peaked already, thats total inbalance of distribution and if theres no oil, theres no nothing, then we may begin to experience the famine that plagues a third of our world maybe just then, something will sink into us.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    How about billy and susie are the same person I noticed

    August 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Hey ruth 67 YOU hit the nail rite on the head myself though i believe its going to be the nature way though in other words God

    August 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    Sorry guys. Even with the earthquakes that have been covered in the news recently, there still aren't any more earthquakes now than there ever were before. All you have to do is look it up. Science isn't a total mystery. The reason being that science is written down. There are records. Go look them up before you join the bandwagon of 2012, God's fury or anything else. The rest of us are all going, "another earthquake? Same old, same old."

    August 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Billy susie where are ya keepin it in the family

    August 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    @gung hoe: is god really able to be unhappy? I thought he chilled out after he had the kid.

    The problem here is christians trying to interpret the old testament.

    'They usually get it wrong. Not their fault – not their book.. You never hear rabiis talking about the new testament, do you?' – lewis black

    August 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • YeahRight?

      and your point is/???????

      August 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      hey leeintulsa just for the record its not the kid its THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS thank you very much maybe if you would read the bible once in a while you would know that better yet how about getting to know this 'kid' your talking about and one more thing GOD is not the author of death and destruction thanks for allowing me to correct your analysis on what you claim GOD is

      September 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cone of uncertainty

    Yeah. Same old earthquakes. Same old AIDS pandemic. Same old obesity epidemic. Same old pollution. Same old street gangs. Same old national debt. Situation 'normal', no doubt about it.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      hey cone of uncertainty make sure your not saying same old this amd same old that when JESUS returns and you find there is no where to go

      September 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cone of Mediocracy

    Same old self-aggradizing buffoon.

    August 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Felecity

    Rare earthquakes yesterday in the US, this one the day before in Peru, and today hurricane Irene is getting ready to devastate the east coast of the US. According to Gaia Theory, the Earth is one interconnected system, and climate is effected by human activity. The general scientific consensus is that humans are affecting the environment in ways that have a drastic effect on the habitability of the Earth. With global crises ranging from financial to political to health going on simultaneously, I expect volcanoes to start erupting soon.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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