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Strong quake hits northern Peru and damages church

LIMA -- A strong earthquake jolted northern Peru on Saturday, scaring residents and damaging a church but with no reports of casualties, local officials said.

The U.S. 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 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 navy said they would not issue a tsunami alert, and urged residents to stay calm.

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