Strong 7.0-magnitude quake shakes Peruvian Amazon

LIMA, (Reuters) – A strong earthquake struck a  remote Amazon region of Peru yesterday, shaking buildings  far away in the capital and in neighboring Brazil, although no  injuries or damage were reported.

The 7.0-magnitude quake’s epicenter was near the town of  Pucallpa, which lies some 600 km (370 miles) from Lima in a  sparsely populated central-eastern region close to the  Brazilian border, the U.S. Geological Survey said.“There have been no damages reported, either to structures  or to people,” said Javier Urrelo, head of the government’s  civil defense agency in the Ucayali region, where Pucallpa is  located.

Energy companies in the area, which produces some oil and  natural gas, said their facilities were operating normally.

It was the most powerful earthquake to hit the Andean  country since a 7.9-magnitude temblor killed more than 500  people and destroyed thousands of houses in 2007.

One seismologist said the depth of Wednesday’s quake — 145  km (90 miles) — meant damage was unlikely.

Across the nearby border in the Brazilian city of Cruzeiro  do Sul, journalist Nelson Liano was in a supermarket at the  time of the quake and said some goods fell off the shelves. “It  was that sensation when you’re on a boat and it rocks,” he told  Reuters.

In Peru’s coastal capital of Lima, office buildings shook  and mobile phone services were interrupted.

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