A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7 hit northern Peru late Sunday, causing power outages and cutting phone service throughout much of the region. One radio report said four people were killed.
Peru's Geophysics Institute said the quake struck at 8:55 p.m. and was centered about 60 miles northeast of the jungle city Moyobamba, 420 miles north of Lima, the capital.
"Several houses have fallen down and there are several people dead," Carlos Mori, who lives in the nearby town of Lamas, told Radioprogramas. "All of the residents of Lamas are in the streets. Most of the people are helping."
Mori said about 20 houses had collapsed and that four people had been killed.
A police officer in Tarapota, another town near Moyobamba, told Radioprogramas that power had gone out and that there was some damage to buildings.
A regional government official said some walls had crumbled in the jungle city of Chachapoyas, about 100 miles northwest of the epicenter, but reported no deaths.
The earthquake was felt across Peru's northern coast and as far away as Bogota, Colombia. It was the strongest quake to strike Peru since a magnitude 8.1 quake in June 2001 killed at least 75 people and left tens of thousands homeless.