Strong 7.1 Quake Hits Peru, Close to Border With Brazil - USGS

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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred on Friday in Peru, near the border with Brazil, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Underground shocks were registered at 09:04 UTC with the epicenter located 250 km (155 miles) northwest of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. The quake's epicenter lay at a depth of 609.5 kilometers. However, no tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Also, two strong shocks struck Pucallpa, a Peruvian town northwest of the epicenter, several residents reported on Twitter.

At the beginning of this year, Peru was hit by another strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off the country's coast, injuring over 100 people.

READ MORE: Hundreds of Families Affected by Powerful Quake in Peru — Reports

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