Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Coast of Peru

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru

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

The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari, with the natural disaster hitting at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST) at a depth of 12.1 kilometers (about 7.5 miles). The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari.

INDECI also said that 65 had been injured in the natural disaster.

Several municipalities lost electricity, and many roads and adobe houses collapsed, Osorio said. Many residents of Lomas, a coastal town, were evacuated after feeling an aftershock, she said.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled to the region and flew over the quake zone.

In 1970 Peru faced the worst natural disaster in its history - the Ancash quake, more commonly known as the Great Peruvian quake.

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

The USGS initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.3 but later downgraded it to 7.1. Devastating floods previous year resulted in $8 billion in rebuilding costs.

The quake which caused minor material damage had triggered temporary tsunami warnings along the Peruvian coast.

Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, told local radio station RPP that a second death was reported in the town of Bella Union.

The Governor of Arequipa, Yamila Osorio, posted on Twitter that there were multiple people in Chala, Caraveli Province who suffered minor harm in addition to some structural damage and landslides occurred, AccuWeather reported.

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