Tsunami warning canceled after 7.3 magnitude natural disaster strikes off Peru

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A 7.3 magnitude quake on Sunday hit the coast of Peru, sparking tsunami fears, according to the US Geological Survey.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake struck shortly before 4:30 AM about 500 kilometers south of the capital, Lima.

Peru lies on the so-called "Ring of Fire" - an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The victim, 55-year-old Justo Palomino Yucra, died after being by crushed by a rock in the town of Yauca.

INDECI said on Twitter that 65 people were injured. There were no reports of any deaths so far.

Officials are reporting at least one death after a massive natural disaster struck off the coast of central Peru early Sunday morning.

Adobe houses were levelled in the coastal town of Lomas and elsewhere in the surrounding area, Santiago Neyra, the mayor of the nearby town of Caraveli said.

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

In 2007 an quake killed hundreds in the region of Ica.

Peruvian maritime authorities said the latest quake had not produced a tsunami on the coast.

Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer, although numerous mines in the south are located far inland from where the quake struck. There's a possibility of "hazardous tsunami waves" along the coast of Peru within 300 km of the epicenter, the agency warned. Chile's National Emergency offices said there were no reports of injuries, damage to infrastructure, or interruption of basic services.



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