7.1-magnitude quake strikes off Peru coast killing at least one

Peru earthquake

A map showing the location of a magnitude-7.3 earthquake off the coast of Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 off Peru. Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, told local radio station RPP that 65 people were injured but withdrew his earlier statement that a second person had died in the town of Bella Union.

An quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit off Peru's coast at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST).

The temblor was felt in the capital Lima and several other cities across the country.

Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that 20 "light injuries" were reported in the town of Cacha, while there was minor material damage including some collapsed roads.

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

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Representational image. Officials said homes made of adobe collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake.

People in Lomas were evacuating, Osorio stated. There were no immediate reports about casualties.

There's a possibility of "hazardous tsunami waves" along the coast of Peru within 300 km of the epicenter, the agency warned.

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

The governor of the Arequipa Region tweeted that the quake had caused landslides.

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