Brief Tsunami Warning Issued After Magnitude 7.3 Quake Strikes Off Peru Coast

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A tsunami threat has been issued in Peru and Chile following a powerful natural disaster just off the coast of South America.

A huge natural disaster off south-western Peru's Pacific coast has killed at least one person and injured at least 65, as buildings collapsed.

A 7.1-magnitude natural disaster shook the coast of Peru on Sunday at 4:18 a.m. local time. Peru's government Geophysical Institute said the quake was of magnitude 6.7 with its epicentre in Lomas, in the southern region of Arequipa. Peru's Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), which is coordinating emergency help, said another death was reported in the town of Bella Union.

Peru officials reported one person killed and damaged adobe structures.

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The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts" and that large swells could hit Peru and Chile.

Peru is located in the Ring of Fire, which is an area in the Pacific Ocean vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis.

In 2007 an quake killed hundreds in the region of Ica in the country's south.

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