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8.0 magnitude earthquake cuts power, causes damage in Peru

Christian Fernsby |
A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Amazon rainforest in north-central Peru on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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Peru's National Emergency Operations Center registered a magnitude of 7.2 for the earthquake, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Pictures posted on Twitter by the Ministry of the Interior of Peru showed considerable damage and building collapses in Yurimaguas, a town with over 62,000 inhabitants.

A video showed the facade of a church in Ecuador lying in ruins on the ground.

Local law enforcement agents were "patrolling the streets to calm down the population and receive information about housing collapses due to the strong earthquake," the Ministry of the Interior of Peru said.

Power outages have occurred in some communities, the AP reported.

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