Tsunami Threat Recalled for Peru, Chile

LIMA, Peru (AP) -

A U.S. agency had issued a tsunami threat message for parts of Peru and Chile’s coastlines after a powerful earthquake, saying that “hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts,” and that tsunami waves reaching 1 foot to 3 feet “above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Peru.” It also said that waves are forecast to be less than 1 foot for the coasts of Chile.

However, the agency later recalled the warning, saying that there is no longer a tsunami threat from the earthquake off Peru.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck off Peru’s coast at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST). The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. EST).

In a casualty report, one person is reported to have died, with 20 more injured. The Peru health minister says 17 people are missing following the collapse of an informal mine after the earthquake.

The governor of Peru’s Arequipa region says the damage to roads and structures has been minor.