Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Peru’s remote northern Amazon region

(Reuters) – A 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook the remote Amazon region in northern Peru early on Sunday and was felt as far as Lima in the center of the country and southern Ecuador, causing damage to homes near the epicenter. No injuries were reported.

The seismological center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) said the quake was at a depth of 131 kilometers (81 miles) and that the epicenter was 98 kilometers from the town of Santa Maria de Neiva in the province of Condorcanque.

The earthquake was felt throughout central and northern Peru. Local radio and television reports said some residents had left their homes as a precaution.

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No damage has been reported to the 1,100-kilometre oil pipeline of state-owned Petroperu that crosses the Amazon region of Peru to the Pacific coast in the north.

Many homes were damaged, leaving three non-serious injuries, said Walter Kolke, mayor of Galca Grande in the province of Chichapoyas. He said that part of the church tower in the area collapsed.

In neighboring Ecuador, 19 of 24 provinces felt the quake, and some homes were damaged but no injuries were reported, according to Ecuador’s National Service for Risk and Emergency Management.

Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) said in a statement that the earthquake in the Amazon regions of Valera, San Jerónimo and Limpampa “caused damage to an as yet unspecified number of homes.”

Through social networks, power outages were reported in several locations in the forest areas. Local television footage showed sections of the roads blocked by huge boulders and fallen dirt.

The US alert system said there was no tsunami warning after the quake.

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Additional reporting by Marco Aquino in Lima and Akrit Bhalla in Bengaluru; Writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Catherine Evans

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