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Peru hit by powerful 7.5 magnitude early morning earthquake damaging buildings in north of the country


PERU has been rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake early this morning.

The tremor began at 5.52am on Sunday morning around 28 miles northwest of Barranca, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Peru was rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the early hours of Sunday morning

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Peru was rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the early hours of Sunday morningCredit: Alamy

The epicenter of the quake, recorded in a sparsely populated region of the Amazon rainforest, was at a depth of 80 kilometers.

There have been no immediate reports of injury after the quake, however, videos on social media showed a trail of destruction it had left behind.

Rubble lined the streets in the north of the country as buildings bore the brunt of the damage.

It was felt as far away as the capital Lima, but its depth was said to have limited the shaking level.

But according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), tremors were felt by people in Ecuador.

One local said: “Felt quite strong in Loja, Ecuador. Light stuff fell.”

Another claimed they had felt a “strong and long tremor”.

No tsunami warning was issued in wake of the earthquake.

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