2 major quakes jolt Peru

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LIMA: A pair of major 7.6-magnitude earthquakes jolted eastern Peru near its border with Brazil on Tuesday, and were felt across several South American nations, but authorities had no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The first quake, which struck at 5:45 pm (2245 GMT), was 601 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey. It was located about 169 kilometers west-northwest of Iberia and 688 kilometers east-northeast of the capital Lima. Five minutes later, a second temblor of the same strength rocked the same area but with a different epicenter. “So far there have been no reports of damages but we are following this closely,” civil defense chief Alfredo Murgueytio told the media.

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