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Powerful Quake Strikes off Peru; Tsunami Threat Passes

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday, prompting a U.S. agency to issue a tsunami threat message for parts of the country and neighboring Chile.


Earlier, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of “hazardous tsunami waves” for some coasts, saying there was a threat to some coasts of Peru and neighboring Chile.


But later it said “there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake” and that the center hadn’t observed any tsunami waves.


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


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