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Strong earthquake recorded

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

LIMA, Peru (AP):

A large, deep earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted northern Peru's Amazon region early yesterday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the quake that registered at 5:08 a.m. local time and was centred about 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of the jungle city of Moyobamba. It was located very deep under the ground, about 70 miles (114 kilometres).

Peru's civilian defence agency said it had found no reports of injuries or damage and was continuing to monitor the situation.

Local radio stations said the quake was felt in some cities in Peru's centre and east.

Moyobamba is the capital of the San Martin Region in Peru and has a population of about 42,000 people. It is known for the 3,500 species of orchids native to the area, giving it the nickname the City of Orchids.