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Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits off Japan, injures 17
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Tokyo (AFP) March 14, 2014

Church damaged as northern Peru jolted by strong quake
Lima (AFP) March 16, 2014 - A strong earthquake jolted northern Peru on Saturday, scaring residents and damaging a church but with no reports of casualties, local officials said.

The US Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 6.3 quake struck in the early evening at 2351 GMT just off Peru's Pacific coast, six kilometers (three miles) west of the coastal town of Sechura.

It had a depth of nine kilometers, the USGS reported.

The area is close to Peru's border with Ecuador.

Peru's Geophysical Institute, which had slightly different figures, said the quake struck at 6:51 pm with an epicenter 38 kilometers west of Sechura, and with a depth of 25 kilometers.

Peru's navy said they would not issue a tsunami alert, and urged residents to stay calm.

When the quake struck Sechura residents fled their homes in panic and packed the streets. Telephone service was briefly interrupted, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties, Civil Defense officials said.

However the cupola of one of the two tall bell towers of the Sechura Cathedral collapsed, regional police said, adding that there were also reports of landslides in nearby hills.

Earthquakes are common in Peru because the country is located on the Pacific Rim of Fire, one of the most active seismic areas in the world.

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early Friday injuring 17 people, reports said as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor.

There was no tsunami warning or reports of major damage.

Public broadcaster NHK said 17 people were injured. None of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.

The epicentre of the quake -- which struck at 2:06 am (1706 GMT Thursday) -- was located 13 kilometres (eight miles) north of the city of Kunisaki, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit at a depth of 82 kilometres.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami but urged residents to stay on alert.

"We fear the danger of rockfalls and landslides has increased" in areas that felt strong tremors, Yohei Hasegawa, director of the agency's earthquake and tsunami observation division, told a news conference.

The quake, which the Japanese agency measured as having a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, registered a strong intensity in parts of southwestern Shikoku, the main island of Honshu and southern Kyushu islands.

There were no abnormalities detected at the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime prefecture or at the Shimane plant in Shimane prefecture.

More than 18,000 people died when a 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake sent a towering tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast coast in March 2011 in the country's worst post-World War II disaster.

Cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plant were knocked out, sending reactors into meltdown and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.


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