Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster strikes off coast of Peru

Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster strikes off coast of Peru

Magnitude-7.1 natural disaster strikes off coast of Peru

The 7.3 magnitude natural disaster with an epicentre in Lomas, Arequipa region, struck on Sunday leading to fears a tsunami would follow.

The quake hit 31km south-southwest of Acari, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A strong magnitude 7.1 quake struck the coast of southern on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.

The governor of the Arequipa Region tweeted that the quake had caused landslides.

Officials in Peru say this morning's powerful quake so far has caused one reported death and 57 injuries.

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Arequipa suffered damaged roads and people are being evacuated in the coastal town of Lomas. It injured 65 people.

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.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coast of Peru.

But the center then said in a later statement that "there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake" and that the center hadn't observed any tsunami waves.

Reuters news agency reports that the quake was also felt in Chile, but officials said there were no reports of injuries, damage to infrastructure or interruption of basic services.

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