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Magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes off coast of Peru

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A map showing the location of a magnitude-7.3 earthquake off the coast of Peru. Photo: USGS
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A tsunami warning issued after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck close to Peru’s coast is cancelled.

The USGS said the temblor struck 40 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Acari, south of Lima, at 4:18am (local time) on Sunday at a depth of 12.1 kilometres.

The magnitude was originally reported to be 7.3, but was revised down to 7.1.

Yamila Osorio, the Governor of Peru’s Arequipa region which is south of Acari, said there were no reports of casualties, but that there was minor material damage, including some collapsed roads.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had issued a warning for hazardous tsunami waves for the coasts of Peru and Chile.

It said there could be waves between 0.3 to 1 metre above the tide level for Peru, and waves less than 0.3 metres above the tide level for the coasts of Chile.

The warning was cancelled, but the centre advised minor sea level fluctuations could continue for hours after the earthquake.