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One dead following 7.1-magnitude natural disaster in Peru

A powerful quake has struck off Peru's coast on Sunday, killing at least two people and destroying buildings.

Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, said at least 65 people were injured, and the death toll could rise.

The magnitude was originally reported to be 7.3, but was revised down to 7.1.

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

The U.S. Geological Survey says the early morning quake had a magnitude was centered 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Acari, a small town in the Arequipa department of southwestern Peru.

Though it damaged roads in the region, ports and airports continue to operate normally, reported Andina, the state-run news agency. Buildings shook as far away as Lima.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coast of Peru. The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari.

Two people were killed when a 7.1-magnitude quake shook Peru on Sunday, according to a regional governor.

The quake which caused minor material damage had triggered temporary tsunami warnings along the Peruvian coast.

In 1970 Peru faced the worst natural disaster in its history - the Ancash quake, more commonly known as the Great Peruvian quake.

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