LIMA: A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru at 5:52 am (1052 GMT) on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, reports AFP.
The strong quake's epicenter was 98 kilometers (60 miles) east of the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the Peruvian Amazon at a depth of 131 kilometers (81 miles), according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru.
No tsunami warning was issued by US monitors after the quake.
The deep quake caused shock waves across the northern and central regions and affected almost half of the country, including coastal and Andean regions such as Cajamarca, Piura, Tumbes, Lambayeque, Ancash and capital Lima.
"We have all taken to the streets, we are very scared," Lucia told RPP radio from the town of Chota.
"It has felt very strong," another listener, who identified himself as Juan, told RPP radio from the city of Chiclayo in the Lambayeque region.