Powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Peru

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 has struck northern Peru, the US Geological Survey said.

Powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Peru
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The quake took place at 5.52am local time on Sunday (10:52 GMT).

While extremely strong, it was also relatively deep, measured at 70 miles (112km), which usually reduces damage and casualties.

The epicentre was 26 miles (42km) north-north-west of the coastal city of Barranca.

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