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Powerful Magnitude 8 quake rocks Peru and the Andes

Sunday, May 26th 2019, 10:45 am - The quake damaged buildings and knocked out power to several communities.

A powerful Magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck northern Peru in the early morning hours of Sunday, with numerous reports of damaged homes coming in.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck 75 km south-southwest of the village of Lagunas at a depth of 110 kilometres, which it classifies as an intermediate-depth event. It was powerful enough to be felt in neighbouring Ecuador and Brazil.

Peru President Martín Vizcarra said several injuries have been reported so far, but it's not clear yet if there were any deaths.

"We already have reports of injuries, of affected homes, collapsed highways and a bridge that connects Yurimaguas with Tarapoto has also collapsed," Vizcarra said, accordng to CNN.

The country's health ministry reported at least five injured, but the number may rise as emergency crews penetrate damaged areas.

The Andes region is very seismically active, situated as it is on the edge of the Pacific 'rim of fire.'

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