LIMA, Peru — A large 7-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey said this evening.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru’s fire agency. He said authorities were still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centered.
The seismological service said in a preliminary report that the quake was centered about 26 miles east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 292 miles southeast of the capital of Lima. It had a depth of 36 miles.
Local media said the quake was felt in parts of Lima and in many major cities of southeastern Peru, including Cuzco and Arequipa.