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A worker stands by as a bulldozer removes stones and boulders blocking the road following an August earthquake in Peru Reuters

The jungle region of northern Peru has been struck by an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicentre was located 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the city of Moyobamba at a depth of 114 kilometres (70 miles).

According to the USGS map, the quake epicentre is located on the eastern slope of the Andes, where the mountain range meets the Amazon rainforest.

There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties from Saturday's (September 10) tremor, which is 31 miles from the city of Moyobamba. Peru's civilian defense agency said it was continuing to monitor the situation. Local radio stations said the quake was felt in some cities in Peru's centre and east.

According to a 2007 Peruvian census, the city is home to over 40,000 people and is the capital of Peru's San Martin region.

The quake is reported to have happened at 10.08 GMT (11.08 BST). Moyobamba is the capital of the San Martin Region in Peru and has a population of around 42,000. It has over 3,500 species of native orchids and known as the City of Orchids.

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