Peru lies within the Ring of Fire, a seismic hotspot also known as the Pacific Rim, impacting the coastal areas of the countries around the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake is also said to have impacted the areas of Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador.
The earthquake was felt around 5.52am local time on Sunday, November 28.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicentre was at a depth of 112.5m (approx 69.9 miles).
The quake’s epicentre was located approx 42km north-northwest of Barranca, Peru.
Barranca is sparsely populated and is located 165 kilometres north of Lima, Peru’s capital city, where the quake was also felt.
Video footage from Peru shows dust being thrown up as the ground shakes.
The footage also shows some damage to buildings caused by the tremors.
The USGS said there would be limited numbers of landslides triggered by the quake.
They also warn that liquefaction triggered by this earthquake is estimated to be extensive in severity.
No tsunami warning has been issued in the aftermath of the quake.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s website, tremors were also felt by people living in Ecuador.
One resident wrote on the site: “Felt quite strong in Loja, Ecuador. Light stuff fell.”
While another added they had felt a “strong and long tremor”.
Another witness of the quake in Ecuador shared their experience, writing: “I was lying in bed when the bed began to shake.
“After a few seconds I realized it was an earthquake and began counting…it lasted for about 57 seconds and there were a few moments when the shaking became stronger.”
The witness added the quake felt like a back and forth motion, but that nothing had fallen off the shelves or the table in their home.