Strong quake felt in south Peru; houses topple but no deaths
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LIMA, Peru — A strong, shallow earthquake struck a sparsely populated area in Peru's southern Andes near Lake Titicaca on Thursday, toppling some adobe houses but apparently causing no casualties, authorities said.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.3 and said its epicenter was about 26 miles (43
In Juliaca, the most important commercial city in Peru's altiplano, the quake rattled residents.
"It was felt, but we haven't heard of any material damages," a Juliaca resident, Ernesto Quispe, said by telephone.
Earthquakes are common in Peru, which is home to a major stretch of the Andes and is on the Pacific's Ring of Fire.