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Two large quakes strike Peru-Chile border area: USGS

5.9 magnitude quakes hit Peru, Chile; no reports of injury, damage yet

Reuters , Monday 14 May 2012
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Two strong earthquakes registering a magnitude of 5.9 struck an area near the Peru-Chile border on Monday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The USGS said the first tremor occurred at 1000 GMT in Peru, 32 miles west-south-west of the town of Moquegua at a depth of 39.8 miles.

Seconds later, a quake also measuring 5.9 struck over the border in Chile -- 45 miles east-south-east of the Peruvian town of Tacna. That tremor was recorded at a depth of 13.9 miles and was initially recorded at a magnitude of 6.0.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Chile, said a spokeswoman for Chile's state emergency office (ONEMI).

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