14:21 GMT18 January 2021
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    The earthquake occurred in the Andes, a mountain range in South America extending from Venezuela to Argentina that is prone to seismic hazards.

    A powerful 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Peru at 07:11:10 UTC Sunday, some 26.5 kilometres north of Atiquipa in the southwestern mountaneous department of Arequipa. The United States Geological Survey registered the tremor at a depth of 34 kilometres.

    There are no immediate reports about whether the seismic event caused any casualties or damage.​

    Last week, Peru was hit by a 5.5-magnitude quake that crippled buildings in the Arequipa department.

    In May 2019, two people were killed and over 30 people injured after a devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Peru and neighbouring Ecuador.

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