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Earthquake in Peru Does Minor Damage

A strong earthquake rattled Peru’s Amazon region on August 24, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage. The quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale and occurred at 12:46 p.m. local time, was felt as far away as Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru’s coastal capital.

The epicenter of the quake was north of Pucallpa, an Amazonian city of about half a million people, and about 90 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

Local media reported that people ran into the streets in Pucallpa and other Amazonian cities, and phone service was interrupted briefly in some places. People reported feeling the ground swaying.

One minor injury was reported in the central Amazonian province of Chanchamayo, in the Junín region, where a house also collapsed, according to the governmental National Civil Defense Institute.

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Seismic activity is frequent in Peru, where an earthquake in August 2007 killed some 500 people in and around the coastal town of Pisco and left tens of thousands homeless. Earthquakes in the sparsely populated Amazon basin generally cause less damage, although a quake in August 2010 damaged dozens of houses near the northern city of Chachapoyas.

The governmental National Defense Institute reported minor injuries and damage to some schools and houses in the Ucayali and Junín regions.