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Another tremor hits Central Peru

Another strong tremor measuring 5.9 was registered near the coast of central Peru.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2007 09:52 IST

Another strong tremor measuring 5.9 was registered near the coast of central Peru late on Friday, the US government reported.

The epicenter of the quake that occurred at 9:52 pm local time (0252 GMT) was located offshore, 36 kilometers (23 miles) south of the town of Chincha Alta, the US Geological Survey reported.

No reports of casualties or damage were immediately available.

The reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.

An 8.0 magnitude quake that hit Peru on Wednesday has killed at least 500 people.