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Strong quake off Peru kills 1, injures 20

15 January 2018

A magnitude 7.1 natural disaster struck Peru Sunday morning, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.

A tsunami warning issued after a magnitude-7.1 quake struck close to Peru's coast is cancelled.

Arequipa governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that a 55-year-old man had been killed after being struck by a falling rock, while 20 others suffered "light injuries" in the town of Cacha. Speaking to reporters, he attributed the two deaths to adobe houses collapsing. The epicenter was 25 miles south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district.

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled to the region and flew over the quake zone.

Many residents of Lomas were evacuated after feeling an aftershock.

"The victim reportedly found in Bella Union has not been confirmed", Chavez said.

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The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts" and that larger-than-normal waves could hit Peru and Chile.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, but many homes are built with precarious materials that can not withstand them.

In 2007 an natural disaster killed hundreds in the region of Ica in the country's south. Chile's navy said the quake did not meet conditions to produce a tsunami, Reuters reports.

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

Strong quake off Peru kills 1, injures 20