6.9 earthquake rocks Peru

Last updated 12:46, August 25 2014

 A large 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru, the US Geological Survey says.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru's fire agency. 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. It said in a preliminary report that the quake occurred at 6.21pm Sunday (11.21am Monday, NZ time) and was centered about 42 kilometres east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 467 kilometres southeast of the capital of Lima.  It had a depth of 62.8 kilometres.

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

A reporter for RPP radio in the town of Coracora, Ayacucho, close to the epicenter, said homes had been damaged but that local hospitals had not received any injured and firemen reported no emergency situations.

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 - Reuters

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