A POWERFUL earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday local time, destroying adobe structures and killing at least two people and injuring more than 65, according to officials, wrote news.com.au.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the 4:18 a.m. (0918 GMT) temblor had a magnitude of 7.1, down from an earlier calculation of 7.3.
The epicenter was 40 kilometers south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district. It was centered 36 kilometers below the surface.
Arequipa Govenor Yamila Orosio tweeted that at least one person was killed and that there were reports of power outages and collapsed adobe structures.
The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that “hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts” and that larger-than-normal waves could hit Peru and Chile.
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.
The quake hit at a depth of 12 kilometers.
Peruvian maritime authorities confirmed the quake did not produce a tsunami on the Peruvian coast.