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Earthquake Rattles Northern Peru Near Gold and Copper Mines

A map showing the epicenter of the earthquake. 

A map showing the epicenter of the earthquake. 

Source: EMSC

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A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck northern Peru early Sunday near copper and gold mines, prompting officials to activate emergency protocols.

The quake hit at 2:41 a.m. local time, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. The U.S. Geological Survey put the epicenter at 75 kilometers (47 miles) south-southeast of the village of Lagunas.