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6.9 Magnitude Quake Hits Central Peru, Felt in Lima

By    |   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 10:41 AM

A sparsely populated area of central Peru was struck by a large 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Associated Press reported Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru’s fire agency, as saying there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. He said authorities were still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centered.

The seismological service initially reported the magnitude as 7, but revised it downward to 6.9 in a subsequent report. According to the survey’s updated figures, the quake occurred at 2321 GMT Sunday and was centered about 27 miles east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 290 miles southeast of the capital of Lima.

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The quake had a depth of 62.8 miles, the survey said.

Local media said that the quake was felt in parts of Lima and in many major cities of southeastern Peru, including Cuzco and Arequipa.

Reuters reported the quake was felt in coastal areas, but local authorities ruled out the possibility of potential tsunamis as the epicenter was far inland.

Several large mines operate in neighboring parts of southern Peru, a top exporter of copper, silver and gold.

A representative for Chinese miner Chinalco said its copper mine Toromocho, in the region of Junin, suffered no damage.

Southern Copper Corp also confirmed that its operations in the regions of Moquegua and Tacna were not affected by the quake.

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