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Tsunami threat cancelled for Peru, Chile

15 January 2018

Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer, although many mines in the south are located far inland from the quake's epicenter.

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

The USGS initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.3 but later downgraded it to 7.1. The epicentre was 40km south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled to the region and flew over the quake zone. The natural disaster struck at 4:18 a.m. ET at a depth of 36.3 kilometres.

The organisation said villages "may have suffered direct damage and triggered landslides are always a risk". No tsunami has been detected and the threat of one has now passed.

Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari.

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A US agency has issued a tsunami threat message for parts of Peru and Chile's coastlines after a powerful natural disaster.

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

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the 4:18 a.m. temblor had a magnitude of 7.1, down from an earlier calculation of 7.3.

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

This photo released by Andina Agency shows residents in Chala, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after an quake struck the area.

Tsunami threat cancelled for Peru, Chile