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7.5 Earthquake Strikes Northern Peru   11/28 08:47

   An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck northern Peru early 
Sunday, damaging some buildings and blocking several roads with rubble.

   LIMA, Peru (AP) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck 
northern Peru early Sunday, damaging some buildings and blocking several roads 
with rubble.

   While the quake was extremely strong, it was relatively deep -- measured at 
112 kilometers (70 miles) -- which usually reduces the possibility of damage 
and casualties.

   The quake occurred at 5:52 a.m. (1052 GMT) and its epicenter was in the 
Amazon region, 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the city of 
Barranca. It had a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

   Part of a 16th century church in La Jalca district in the Amazon region 
collapsed and three people were lightly injured, Mayor Walter Culqui told 
Peru's RPP radio.

   Falling stones blocked several highways in the Amazonas and Cajamarca 
regions in Peru, and the tremor was felt nearly 800 kilometers (500 miles) away 
in the capital of Lima, where some people rushed out of their homes in alarm.

   A church in the Loja municipality in neighboring Ecuador was also partly 
damaged. The tremor was also felt in parts of Colombia and Brazil.

   Earthquakes are common in Peru, which falls within the Pacific Ring of Fire 
where 85% of the planet's seismic activity takes place.

 
 
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