Huge 6.3 magnitude earthquake causes landslide in Pacific Ring of Fire

Vickiie Oliphant and Maria Ortega – July 18, 2017

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked southern Peru on Monday night, causing widespread alarm after some communities were left trapped.

Authorities reported landslides across the country with rocks blocking some roads. Incredibly there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

Camila Osorio, the regional governor of Arequipa, said officials “are monitoring and coordinating the transfer of machinery” to clear the main roads.

The quake is believed to have struck just off the country’s southern coast at a round 9.05pm local time, with a depth of 27 miles.

And the quake was felt in Peru’s second largest city of Arequipa and in northern Chile, local media reported.