Pair of quakes strike near center of Peru

A pair of tremors struck the Ancash region north of Peru’s capital early Tuesday morning. The quakes measured at magnitudes of 5.7 and 4.8, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

Area officials reported that four people were injured as a result of the early morning tremors. These subjects were apparently injured trying to escape their homes or find shelter.

César Flórez of the Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Regional (COER) said that all the injuries came after the 5.7 quake that struck at 1:38 a.m. The epicenter was just off the coast of the Casma area of Ancash.

The second tremor came at 2:56 a.m. and was a few kilometers closer towards Peru’s coastline.

Peru is located in the Ring of Fire in the Pacific, where nearly 90 percent of all seismic activities in the world take place.

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