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Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes northern Peru

Context:

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck northern Peru damaging some buildings and blocking several roads with rubble.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-I: Geography (Geomorphology, Important Geographical Phenomenon, Earthquakes, Maps)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Peru
  2. Earthquake Waves
  3. Earthquake zones of India
  4. Measurement of earthquakes

About Peru

  • Peru is a country in western South America bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the south and west by the Pacific Ocean.
  • Its capital and largest city is Lima. The main spoken language is Spanish.
  • Peru is essentially a tropical country, with its northern tip nearly touching the Equator.
  • Despite its tropical location, a great diversity of climates, ways of life, and economic activities is brought about by the extremes of elevation and by the southwest winds that sweep in across the cold Peru Current (or Humboldt Current), which flows along its Pacific shoreline.
  • Its main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing; along with other growing sectors such as telecommunications and biotechnology.

Click Here to read about Earthquakes and Earthquake zones of India and Measurement of Earthquakes

-Source: The Hindu

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