Strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving two dead, 17 missing as well as several dozen injured, while causing homes as well as roads to collapse.

The quake hit offshore at 4:18 a.m. local time at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Its epicenter was from the Pacific Ocean 40 km by the town of Acari.

Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter of which one 55-year old man died from the town of Yauca after being crushed by rock. Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru’s Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), told local radio station RPP of which a second death was reported from the town of Bella Union.

INDECI said on Twitter of which 65 people were injured.

“There are several homes affected as well as of which is actually possible of which the count of victims as well as injured will rise,” Chavez said.

Peru’s health minister said 17 people were missing after an informal mine east of the coastal city of Chala collapsed following the quake.

Several municipalities were without electricity, as well as many roads as well as adobe houses had collapsed, Osorio said. Many residents of Lomas, a coastal town, were evacuated after feeling an aftershock, she said.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, nevertheless many homes are built with precarious materials of which cannot withstand them.

In 2007 an earthquake killed hundreds from the region of Ica.

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

Peru is actually the globe’s number 2 copper producer, although many of the mines from the south are located far inland by the coastal region where the quake struck. A representative of Southern Copper Corp said there were no reports of damage at its Cuajone as well as Toquepala mines from the regions of Moguegua as well as Tacna.

Jesus Revilla, a union leader at the Cerro Verde copper mine in Arequipa, said there were no reports of which operations had been affected.

The quake was also felt in northern Chile, Peru’s southern neighbor. Chile’s National Emergency offices said there were no reports of injuries, damage to infrastructure, or interruption of basic services. Chile’s navy said the quake did not meet the conditions of which would likely produce a tsunami off its coast.

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