Strong quake felt in south Peru; houses topple but no deaths

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 kilometers) northeast of Huarichancara in Peru's Puno region. The USGS said it had a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

On its website, the regional newspaper Los Andes said the quake was felt in the provinces of San Roman, Melgar and Lampa.

Fuente: SUN STAR