Strong natural disaster hits coast of southern Peru, minor damage reported

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

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

A strong natural disaster has struck the coast of southern Peru, causing damage to homes, collapsing roads and killing at least two people.

Ms Osorio said on Twitter the quake caused minor material damage, including some collapsed roads.

Peru's Geophysics Institute said it had measured a magnitude of 6.8.

Peru's Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said 65 are injured after the natural disaster which struck at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT). There were no reports of any deaths so far.

"There are several homes affected and it is possible that the count of victims and injured will rise", Mr Chavez said.

For a short time after the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that localized tsunami waves could affect parts of the Peru and Chile coastline.

A tsunami threat alert was issued by the government after a massive quake hit 124 km southwest of the city of Puquio in Peru, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), however, no tsunami ways have been observed.

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

In November 2015, two major 7.6-magnitude earthquakes hit eastern Peru near the border with Brazil.

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