Magnitude 6.3 quake rattles Peru

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


LIMA, Peru -- A shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled northern Peru near the coastal city of Piura with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Nelson Penachin, of Peru's civil defense agency, said it has no reports so far of damage from the quake that struck at 6:51 p.m. local time Saturday.

The U.S. Geological Service said the epicenter of the tremor, which was the second quake to shake Peru on Saturday, was six miles (10 kilometers) underground.

A 6.1 magnitude temblor centered near the city of Pisco also struck at 3:59 a.m. with no damage reported. The city suffered a devastating 2007 quake of 8.0 magnitude that claimed more than 500 lives. (AP)

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