Eastern Peru Hit By Powerful Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake

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An aerial view of a river in Peru's Amazon region is shown, September 29, 2014. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck eastern Peru on Tuesday, close to its border with Brazil, in a jungle area in the Amazon basin. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Updated | A major quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.1, was centered 184 miles (296 km) northwest of the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado.

It was very deep, 374.3 miles (602 km) below ground, and in a sparsely populated jungle area so was unlikely to cause much damage or casualties.

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