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Huge quake jolts Peru

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1-magnitude struck eastern Peru, close to its borders with Brazil and Bolivia, early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was recorded at 4:04 a.m. at a depth of 609 kilometres (378 miles). The epicenter was 135 km (83 miles) west of the Peruvian village of Inapari, and 226 km (140 miles) west of the Bolivian city of Cobija.

The Geophysics Institute of Peru put the magnitude of the quake at 7.0.

The head of Civil Defence, Jorge Chavez, told radio station RPP that the quake was felt in various locations in southeastern Peru, but due to its depth there were no immediate reports of damage.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, which falls within the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.



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