Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes off coast of Peru, killing at least two

Magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes off coast of Peru, killing at least two

A 7.3 magnitude quake shook southern Peru on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 65 others, the South American country's civil defense agency said.

Peru's Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said 65 are injured after the natural disaster which struck at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT).

PArequipa Governor Yamila Osorio confirmed on Twitter no victims had been reported so far, while there was minor material damage including some collapsed roads. 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. Rivas had said earlier that 17 people were missing after the mine east of Chala suffered damages following the quake.

Representational image. Officials said homes made of adobe collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake.

For a short time after the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that localized tsunami waves could affect parts of the Peru and Chile coastline.

In 2007 an quake killed hundreds in the region of Ica.

Peru is the world's number 2 copper producer, although numerous mines in the south are located far inland from the coastal region where the quake struck. There were no immediate reports about casualties.

The quake was also felt in northern Chile, Peru's southern neighbour.

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