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Magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Peru, 2 killed

Lima, Jan 14 (EFE).- At least two people were killed and 65 were injured after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit just off the southern coast of Peru early Sunday, the United States Geological Survey and official sources reported.

Lima, Jan 14 (EFE).- At least two people were killed and 65 were injured after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit just off the southern coast of Peru early Sunday, the United States Geological Survey and official sources reported.

The head of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci), Jorge Chavez, told a radio station that the two deaths were registered in the southwestern districts of Chala and Bella Union, while the injured were in the provinces of Caraveli (Arequipa region) and Nazca (Ica region).

According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 36.3 kilometers (22.6 miles) and no tsunami alert has been activated so far. It had earlier listed the earthquake as magnitude-7.3.

Authorities in Chile also ruled out the possibility of quake-triggered tsunami affecting the coasts of that neighboring country.

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

Chavez said 30 homes had been damaged in Chala and that the injured were being treated for multiple contusions suffered in wall collapses.

The Indeci chief said authorities responded to the temblor by activating a disaster risk management platform, adding that some areas have suffered power outages and landslides have blocked roads in the districts of Acari, Caraveli and Atico, all located in the southwestern region of Arequipa.

"The entire Civil Defense platform of Ica and Arequipa has been deployed because the affected area is on the border between those two (regions)," he said.

Chavez said authorities were conducting a thorough damage assessment and would offer a detailed report in the coming hours on quake-related casualties and material consequences.

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