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Magnitude 6.1 quake in central Peru

Friday, August 03, 2012    

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — A deep, magnitude-6.1 earthquake shook people awake in Peru's central jungle region early yesterday and was also felt in the capital, Lima.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Civil defense official Jairo Goreau in the provincial capital of Pucallpa near the epicentre said some power outages were reported as well as telephone line congestion but city inspectors had so far encountered no damage.

The quake struck at 4:38 am, 21 miles east of Pucallpa, a city of more than 270,000 people, at a depth of 89 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

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