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Aug 25, 2014 1:49 AM by Associated Press

Large earthquake reported in central Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a large magnitude-6.9 earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. A spokesman for Peru's fire agency says authorities are still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centered.

The seismological service initially reported the magnitude as 7, but revised it downward to 6.9 in a subsequent report. According to the survey's updated figures, the quake was centered about 27 miles east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 290 miles southeast of the capital of Lima. It had a depth of 62.8 miles.

Local media says the quake was felt in parts of Lima and in many major cities of southeastern Peru, including Cuzco and Arequipa.

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