By The Associated Press on January 14, 2018.
LIMA, Peru – A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday, prompting a U.S. agency to issue a tsunami threat message for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The epicenter was 42 kilometres (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari, with the earthquake hitting at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST) at a depth of 12.1 kilometres (about 7.5 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that “hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts.” A statement says that tsunami waves reaching 0.3 metres to one meter “above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Peru.” It also says waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 metres for the coasts of Chile.
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