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Monday, January 30, 2012

More Than 100 Hurt In Peru Quake

CA, Peru, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of central Peru Monday, injuring 96 people and damaging several buildings, officials said.

The quake's epicenter was about 9 miles southeast of the city of Ica and about 173 miles south-southeast of the capital of Lima, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Preliminary damage reports by Civil Defense officials indicated the earthquake left at least three people homeless and several buildings uninhabitable, Radio Programas del Peru said.

CNN said several hotels reported power outages but no damage.

Witnesses said shaking was felt as far away as Lima.

The earthquake was 24.4 miles deep, USGS said.

No tsunami warnings were issued.

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