Magnitude-7.1 quake strikes off coast of Peru, killing one

15 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kim Reid
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The last time Peru was struck by a massive quake was in November 2015, when a 7.6 natural disaster struck northwest of Iberia.

The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari, with the quake hitting at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST) at a depth of 12.1 kilometers (about 7.5 miles).

At least two people have died and 17 others went missing after an quake of 7.3 magnitude hit Peru's coast on Sunday.

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One person died in the Yauca district and another in the Bella Union district, both in the Arequipa region, where rescue workers were trying to help those affected, Peru's Civil Defense said. There were no reports of any deaths so far.

Parts of the country have been left without electricity and some houses have collapsed.

Residents of Lomas were evacuated after feeling an aftershock, she said.

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The U.S Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned of possible tsunami waves for areas of Peru's southern coast.

"There is no longer a tsunami threat from this quake", the center said.

The quake which caused minor material damage had triggered temporary tsunami warnings along the Peruvian coast. It also says waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters for the coasts of Chile.

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There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the governor of Peru's Arequipa region, Yamila Osorio, said there was minor damage, including some collapsed roads.

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