Magnitude-7.1 quake strikes off coast of Peru

Magnitude-7.1 quake strikes off coast of Peru

Magnitude-7.1 quake strikes off coast of Peru

A magnitude-7.1 natural disaster killed one person and left about 20 injured after it struck off the southwestern coast of Peru on Sunday.

The head of Peru's National Civil Defence Institute (Indeci), Jorge Chavez, told a radio station two deaths were registered in the districts of Yauca and Bella Union. Residents in Peru's capital of Lima some 350 miles (560 kilometers) away felt the ground shake. 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.

A magnitude 7.1 quake struck Peru Sunday morning, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.

A USA agency says there is no longer a tsunami threat from a powerful natural disaster that struck off Peru. Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that 20 "light injuries" were reported in the town of Cacha, while there was minor material damage including some collapsed roads.

The U.S Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned of possible tsunami waves for areas of Peru's southern coast. No tsunami has been detected and the threat of one has now passed.

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

The quake which caused minor material damage had triggered temporary tsunami warnings along the Peruvian coast. Chile's navy said the quake did not meet the conditions that would produce a tsunami off its coast.

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