Powerful Quake Strikes off Peru; Tsunami Threat Passes

The location of the epicenter of the earthquake. Courtesy USGS Earthquake Hazard Program

A 7.3-magnitude quake which struck Peru Sunday morning has killed two people, while the country's health minister said 17 people went missing after a mine collapsed following the quake.

The Institute of Civil Defence has said that 65 people were injured in the Arequipa, Ica and Ayacucho regions.

"Prelim M7.3 natural disaster near the coast of southern Peru Jan-14 09:18 UTC", tweeted USGS Big Quakes.

The Arequipa regional governor, Yamila Osorio, said on Twitter (in Spanish) that a man had died in the town of Yauca, after being hit by a rock.

The powerful tremor caused homes and roads to collapse and left several municipalities without power. Peru's government Geophysical Institute said the quake was of magnitude 6.7 with its epicentre in Lomas, in the southern region of Arequipa. There were no reports of any deaths so far.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is "tsunami threat from this earthquake" but that minor sea levels may fluctuate over the next several hours in coastal areas near quake.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.

No damage or casualties have been reported.

Peru is located in the Ring of Fire, which is an area in the Pacific Ocean vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Peru's government Geophysical Institute said the quake was of magnitude-6.7 with its epicentre in the coastal town of Lomas, in the southern region of Arequipa.

In August 2016, a 5.4 quake centered in southern Peru and killed nine people and left 40 injured.

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