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Two dead and 65 injured after massive 7.3 magnitude quake

14 January 2018

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 natural disaster. Peru's government Geophysical Institute said the natural disaster was of magnitude 6.7 with its epicentre in Lomas, in the southern region of Arequipa.

The USGS says that the temblor struck 26 miles south-southwest of Acari at 4:18 a.m. local time Sunday at a depth of about 7.5 miles.

Falling rock crushed a man to death in the town of Yauca, in Arequipa, officials confirmed. A further 65 people were injured in the provinces of Caraveli and Nazca.

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Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari. Rivas had said earlier that 17 people were missing after the mine east of Chala suffered damages following the quake.

Peruvian maritime authorities said the quake did not produce a tsunami, despite a warning initially being issued for Peru and Chile by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC).

People in Lomas were evacuating, Osorio stated.

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Structural damage was reported to a bridge in Arequipa, said the head of the region's highway police, Major Alberto Rojas.

The severe quake lasted for about 45 seconds and caused massive landslides of snow and ice.

The quake was also felt in northern Chile, Peru's southern neighbor.

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Two dead and 65 injured after massive 7.3 magnitude quake