US Geological survey has issued a warning about a dangerous landslide that has swept across parts of northern Peru’s Carpathian mountains, threatening the lives of several hundred people.
The quake struck at 8:20am (AEDT) on Monday in a region of the region called the Kocan area, about 35km (22 miles) from the border with Brazil.
The USGS said there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.
“There were no reported fatalities, but we have not yet been able to determine the magnitude of the earthquake,” a statement from the USGS read.
“The region is currently under a mandatory evacuation and there are no reports of damage to buildings, roads or structures.”US Geological Survey seismologist Michael Czaja said the landslide was much weaker than a magnitude 7.2 quake that occurred in January in the area.
“They’ve got the same magnitude of event, but they’re very weak,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.
“We’ve had some weak earthquakes in the last week.
This one, it’s like a 4 on a scale of 5, and the magnitude is about the same as it was last week.””
They’re probably not going to cause serious damage, but it does leave a significant area of the country inaccessible.”
Mr Czajas said the quake was still a danger to the local population.
“You know, we’re in a seismically active region,” he said.
“This is a dangerous one.”
A lot of people who live there, they’re not going anywhere.
“It’s going to be a tough few days for them.”
The US Geological Service said it was monitoring the landslide for any signs of movement and that it was likely to be several hours before it was safe to enter the area again.
The landslide is believed to have struck at about 4km (2.6 miles) north of the border town of Nacional, where it was felt by many people.
“I feel it just a little bit stronger than a regular earthquake,” resident Francisco Ruiz said.
“It’s not that strong, but if I’m close to a road and a landslide is coming, I’d feel it.”
When it’s over, there’s going a little more time.
“The quake hit at a time when the region has been hit hard by a number of major earthquakes.
Earlier this week, a magnitude 8.3 quake struck a town about 25km (15 miles) south-west of the capital, Lima, killing at least 29 people.
A similar quake last month struck near Lima and killed 18 people, but the area remained relatively quiet.