7.1-Magnitude Earthquake On Border Of Peru, Brazil, USGS Reports

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Peru, close to its borders with Bolivia and Brazil on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was recorded at 4:04 a.m. local time at a depth of 378 miles.

The epicenter was 83 miles west of the Peruvian village of Inapari and 140 miles west of the Bolivian city of Cobija.

It is not yet known whether there was any significant damage or casualties, however authorities say there is currently no tsunami threat for Australia.

The US Geological Survey said on Friday a 7.1-magnitude earthquake had struck in eastern Peru, close to its borders with Brazil and Bolivia.

The quake was recorded at 7.04pm (AEST) on Friday at a depth of 609 kilometres.

The epicentre was 135km west of the Peruvian village of Inapari, and 226km west of the Bolivian city of Cobija.

Social media users said tremors had been felt across the country and as far away as Arica in northern Chile.

Two strong shocks struck Pucallpa, a Peruvian town northwest of the epicentre, according to Twitter postings by several residents.

No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and Chile’s fire service said on Twitter that the quake did not have the potential to generate one off the Chilean coast.

The Australian Tsunami Warning Centre, which services all coastal areas of Australia and offshore territories including the Antarctic region, said on Friday night there was no current tsunami threat.

In January, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of Peru, causing homes and roads to collapse. Two deaths were reported and over 100 people were injured.

In 2007, an earthquake killed hundreds in the region of Ica.