Powerful, deadly quake rocks Peru

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A powerful natural disaster struck off Peru's coast early Sunday.

Local authorities said homes made of adobe collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake, which struck in the Pacific, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the seaside town of Acari in the region of Arequipa, according to the US Geological Survey.

Two people were killed when a 7.1-magnitude quake shook Peru on Sunday, according to a regional governor.

A 55-year-old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by a rock, Yamila Osorio, governor of the southwestern city of Arequipa, announced on Twitter. There were no reports of any deaths so far.

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Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari. Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, told local radio station RPP that 65 people were injured.

Several municipalities were without electricity, and many roads and adobe houses had collapsed, Osorio said.

Residents of Lomas were evacuated after feeling an aftershock, she said.

But the centre then said in a later statement that "there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake" and that the centre hadn't observed any tsunami waves.

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Representational image. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage after the 7.3-magnitude tremor off the Peru's coast.

The powerful natural disaster struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said.

A tsunami warning was put in place near the epicentre of the quake but later withdrawn. Chile's navy said the natural disaster did not meet conditions to produce a tsunami, Reuters reports.

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