Peru Earthquake 2018: Massive Quake Rocks The Coast

Hannah Rogers
January 15, 2018

A magnitude 7.1 natural disaster struck off the coast of southern Peru early Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead and injuring dozens of others, authorities said.

The quake hit at 0918 GMT at a depth of around 10 km (6 miles), the USGS said.

The threat of a tsunami was ruled out by the Peruvian navy and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that one 55-year old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by rock.

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.

Mining is a major industry in the region, and a Health Ministry official initially announced that 17 people were missing in a mine.

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

The powerful tremor caused homes and roads to collapse and left several municipalities without power. The epicentre was 40km south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district.

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

In 2007 an natural disaster killed hundreds in the region of Ica in the country's south.

While assessing the damage in Chala and Acari, two of the hardest-hit towns, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told reporters that about 100 homes have collapsed. It also says waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters for the coasts of Chile.

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