7.1-magnitude quake strikes off Peru coast killing at least one

7.1-magnitude quake strikes off Peru coast killing at least one

A powerful quake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday.

The jolt struck at 4:18 a.m. about 25 miles south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district and 22 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A 7.1-magnitude natural disaster 124 kilometers southwest of the town of Puquio off the coast of Peru, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Officials in Peru say this morning's powerful natural disaster so far has caused one reported death and 57 injuries. A magnitude-8.0 quake struck a coastal area farther north in August 2007, killing more than 500 people and injuring hundreds more.

Several municipalities have been left without electricity, while many roads and houses have collapsed, Ms Osorio said.

Flash Freeze Today And Icy Roads
Temperatures dropped this morning with the passage of a cold front, and rain changed to freezing rain and snow. The national weather agency says rain and patches of dense fog will continue to affect Peel today.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled to the towns of Chala and Acari, two of the areas most affected by the quake, to assess the damages and coordinate the response.

People in Lomas were evacuating, Osorio stated. The center later issued a bulletin saying no such waves were detected and the threat had passed.

The powerful natural disaster struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said. It also says waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters for the coasts of Chile.

Peruvian maritime authorities said the quake did not produce a tsunami on the Peruvian coast.

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