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Strong Earthquake Shakes Isolated Brazilian Amazon Region

BRASILIA – A magnitude-6.8 earthquake was registered on Saturday in the Brazilian Amazon, in an almost uninhabited region near the border with Peru, according to the Seismological Observatory of the University of Brasilia.

The earthquake occurred at 14:25 local time (1925 GMT) in a remote area of the state of Acre at a depth of 575 kilometers, and was described as “risk-free” by the seismological institution.

The most populated cities in the surroundings are Tarauaca, with some 40,000 inhabitants and 90 kilometers from the site where the earthquake was registered; and Feijo, 134 kilometers away and with a population of about 30,000 people.

Regional press said the earthquake was also felt in Rio Branco, the capital of Acre, and in other cities of the state and the Amazon region, although in neither case were victims or significant material damage recorded, at least according to the early information.

 

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