LIMA, Peru — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Peru.
The temblor’s epicenter was 16 miles north-northeast of Azangaro and it had a depth of around 160 miles. The earthquake struck at 3:50 a.m.
Officials say the earthquake’s impact could also be felt in Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.
According to U.S. Geological Survey documents, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake is considered major and can cause severe damage to most buildings, some to partially or completely collapse.
An estimated 10 to 20 earthquakes between 7.0 to 7.9 magnitude occur each year.