Strong 6.8-magnitude quake shakes central Peru

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:41 PM
Strong 6.8-magnitude quake shakes central Peru

LIMA (Reuters) - A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Peru's capital city, Lima, on Wednesday, witnesses and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The USGS said the epicenter of the quake was 51 miles north of Pucallpa, in the Peruvian Amazon forest close to the Brazilian border.

The USGS said the quake, initially upgraded to a magnitude 6.9, was 90.2 miles deep.

(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Writing by Helen Popper, Editing by Sandra Maler)