6.8 Magnitude earthquake strikes Bolivia

LA PAZ- A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bolivia on Monday, fortunately it was so deep that there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The US Geological Survey  reported that the earthquake struck at 10:40 local time (9:40 a.m. EDT; 1340 GMT) and it was centred 127km southeast of Tarija, Bolivia. The epicentre was 557km below the surface.

The San Calixto Observatory in La Paz said that it is one of the most powerful quakes on record in Bolivia, but there was no damage because it was so deep.

Light tremors were reported by residents throughout Bolivia’s capital and other cities.

The quake caused people to evacuate office buildings which swayed as far as Sao Paulo, Brazil, some 3000km from Tarija.

Hugo Vecchiatto a lawyer who works in Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo on the 17th floor said, “I felt a little dizzy. But then I looked at the window and the curtains were shaking.”

He added, “Soon after, the administration of the building told us to evacuate. Nothing was broken or fell off, though. In the end, it was funny because we never expect these kinds of things to happen in Sao Paulo.”

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