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Strong Quake Felt in Southern Peru

Strong Quake Felt in Southern Peru

A powerful magnitude 6.3 quake struck southern Peru on Thursday close to Lake Titicaca, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The tremor struck at 5:40 p.m. EST (2240 GMT), some 48 miles (77.25 km) northwest of the town of Juliaca close to Lake Titicaca, which lies in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

On its website, the regional newspaper Los Andes said the quake was felt in the provinces of San Roman, Melgar and Lampa. The shaking sparked fear in Juliaca, the most important commercial city in Peru's altiplano.

Peru's national natural disaster institute measured the quake as 5.5 and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Peru's geophysical institute measured the quake as a 5.5.

There are no major mines in the vicinity.

According to the USGS, the quake struck just 2.2 miles below the Earth's surface, which would have amplified its effect.

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