Magnitude-8 Earthquake Strikes North-Central Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) -

The U.S. Geological Survey said that a large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 has struck in north-central Peru.

The quake, at a moderate depth of 114 kilometers (71 miles) struck at 2:41 a.m., 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the village of Lagunas and 98 kilometers (158 miles) east-northeast of the larger town of Yurimaguas. Earthquakes that are closer to the surface generally cause more destruction.