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Medium strength quake strikes eastern Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck a remote region of eastern Venezuela on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, 53 miles deep, hit 7 miles from the coastal town of Guiria. A resident of the region told Reuters by phone that locals felt the tremor and briefly fled their homes.

Emergency services said no damage or injuries had been reported. A spokesman for state oil company PDVSA said there were no reports of damage to oil installations.

Reporting by Brian Ellsworth, Fabian Cambero and Enrique Andres, Editing by Sandra Maler

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