Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster hits off Peru, killing at least two

Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster hits off Peru, killing at least two

Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster hits off Peru, killing at least two

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1.

Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz said at a news conference in Lima that the government would declare a state of emergency in the affected zones to allow for faster reconstruction of roads and homes.

Peru's Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said 65 are injured after the natural disaster which struck at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT). The epicenter was about 25 miles from Acari, a city with an estimated population of under 5,000 and with an elevation of 410 meters.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coast of Peru. No tsunami has been detected and the threat of one has now passed.

A USA agency has issued a tsunami threat message for parts of Peru and Chile's coastlines after a powerful quake.

Two people have died and several people are injured following a 7.3 magnitude quake in Peru, according to reports.


A powerful quake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, prompting a tsunami alert for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile that was eventually called off.

"The victim reportedly found in Bella Union has not been confirmed", Chavez said.

Peruvian maritime authorities said the quake did not produce a tsunami on the Peruvian coast, despite early warnings.

The quake hit offshore at about 4:18 a.m.at a depth of 24.4 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The powerful quake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said.

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