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Strong quake rocks northern Peru

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A quake with a magnitude of seven has hit Peru, killing at least one person.

The earthquake was centred about 85km (53 miles) north-east of the jungle city of Moyobamba and caused damage throughout much of the region.

The earthquake also caused power cuts and disrupted telephone services in the area. Eyewitness reports said several houses had collapsed.

It is the strongest quake to hit Peru since June 2001, when an 8.1-magnitude tremor killed 75 people in Arequipa.

Injured

The quake shook Peru's northern region at 2055 on Sunday local time (0155 GMT Monday).

Initial reports put the death toll at four - but officials later said they could only confirm one death, in the town of Lamas.

At least nine people are reported to have been injured.

The earthquake was also felt in parts of Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.



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