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7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru

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No injuries reported, but quake caused some collapsed roads

The Associated Press Posted: Jan 14, 2018 6:24 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 14, 2018 6:36 AM ET

The quake hit early Sunday. Its epicentre was 42 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Acari.

The quake hit early Sunday. Its epicentre was 42 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Acari. ((AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner file photo))

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, prompting a tsunami alert for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile that was eventually called off.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the governor of Peru's Arequipa region, Yamila Osorio, said there was minor damage, including some collapsed roads.

He said people were evacuating homes in Lomas district, where the epicentre was located, 42 kilometres south-southwest of Acari. The earthquake struck at 4:18 a.m. ET at a depth of 36.3 kilometres.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center first issued a threat message that "hazardous tsunami waves are fore cast for some coasts" and that larger-than-normal waves could hit Peru and Chile.

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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