Massive 7.3 magnitude natural disaster hits coast of Peru

Very strong quake near the coast of Peru, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

Very strong quake near the coast of Peru, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

The U.S. Geological Survey said the early morning quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centered 25 miles, about 40 kilometers, from Acari in the Arequipa department of southwestern Peru.

The USGS says that the temblor struck 42 km south-southwest of Acari at 9.18 GMT (2.48 p.m. IST) on January 14 at a depth of 12.1 km.

The Peruvian coast was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude natural disaster Sunday morning. Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), told local radio station RPP that a second death was reported in the town of Bella Union.

"There are several homes affected and it is possible that the count of victims and injured will rise", Mr Chavez said.
A magnitude-8.0 quake struck a coastal area farther north in August 2007, killing more than 500 people and injuring hundreds more. A Southern Copper Corp representative said there were no reports of damage at its Cuajone and Toquepala mines.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled to the region and flew over the quake zone.

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Adobe houses were leveled in the coastal town of Lomas and elsewhere in the surrounding area, Santiago Neyra, the mayor of the nearby town of Caraveli said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for hazardous tsunami waves for the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Earthquakes are common along Peru's coast.

A tsunami threat has been issued in Peru and Chile following a powerful quake just off the coast of South America.

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