6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes in Peru

A map shows the epicenter of a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that struck Peru on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey)

A strong, shallow earthquake struck a sparsely populated area in Peru's southern Andes near Lake Titicaca on Thursday. Local media said there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was about 26 miles (43 kilometers) north-northeast of Huarichancara in Peru's Puno region. It occurred 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep.

On its website, the regional newspaper Los Andes said the quake was felt in the provinces of San Roman, Melgar and Lampa. The shaking sparked fear in Juliaca, the most important commercial city in Peru's altiplano.

"It was felt, but we haven't heard of any material damages," a Juliaca resident, Ernesto Quispe, said by telephone.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, which is home to a major stretch of the Andes and is on the Pacific's Ring of Fire.
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