: Two major earthquakes of magnitude 7.6 struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin within minutes of each other on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
Damage was likely limited as the epicenter was deep in the Amazonian jungle, around 296 km northwest of the Peruvian town of Puerto Maldonado, in a sparsely populated area. Both quakes were also very deep, at some 602 km below ground.
The quakes, which struck at 5.45pm and then five minutes later, were felt by residents in northern Chile, the Brazilian city of Brasileia, 247 km west, and Peru’s capital, Lima, 681 km to the east.
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