USGS: Two large quakes strike Peru-Chile border area

May 14, 2012 13:59


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Two strong earthquakes registering a magnitude of 5.9 struck an area near the Peru-Chile border on Monday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The USGS said the first tremor occurred at 1000 GMT in Peru, 51.5 km. west-south-west of the town of Moquegua at a depth of 64 km.

Seconds later, a quake also measuring 5.9 struck over the border in Chile - 72 km east-south-east of the Peruvian town of Tacma. That tremor was recorded at a depth of 22.4 km and was initially recorded at a magnitude of 6.0.

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