Deadly natural disaster shakes southern Peru

15 January, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Diane Mills
  • 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru

The magnitude-7.1 quake struck at 4.18am local time.

The quake hit offshore at 4:18 a.m. local time at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Emergency crews in Peru were digging for survivors and rushing tents and supplies to a string of battered coastal towns after a powerful natural disaster rocked the region Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring scores more.

Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, said at least 65 people were injured, and the death toll could rise.

Peru's Chief of Civil Defense Jorge Chavez said Sunday that the natural disaster killed one person, destroyed 63 homes and displacing about 130 people.

Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari.

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru

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 said tsunami waves are possible within 300 kilometers of the epicenter along the coast of Peru.

Ms Osorio said on Twitter the quake caused minor material damage, including some collapsed roads. Chile's navy said the quake did not meet the conditions that would produce a tsunami off its coast.

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

A tsunami warning was put in place near the epicentre of the quake but later withdrawn.

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