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Two dead in Peru after 7.3-magnitude quake: official

AFP  |  Lima 

A 7.3 magnitude shook today, killing at least two people and injuring 65 others, the South American country's civil defence agency said.

Local authorities said homes made of collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake, which struck in the Pacific, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the seaside town of in the region of Arequipa, according to the US Geological Survey.

"There are two fatalities in the region of and so far 65 injured have been reported," Jorge Chavez, of the National Civil Defence Institute, said.

Chavez said military planes were delivering humanitarian aid including tents to affected areas.

One person died in the Yauca district and another in the district, both in the region, where rescue workers were trying to help those affected, Peru's Civil Defence said.

Peruvian travelled to the region and flew over the quake zone. Speaking to reporters, he attributed the two deaths to houses collapsing.

The and the in ruled out the threat of a tsunami.

houses were levelled in the coastal town of and elsewhere in the surrounding area, Santiago Neyra, the of the nearby town of said.

Electricity was out in several municipalities and many roads were closed to traffic or passable in only one direction, the said.

Structural damage was reported to a bridge in Arequipa, said the of the region's highway police, Alberto Rojas.

In the city of Arequipa, residents ran into the streets after the quake struck at 4:18 am (local time). It was felt as far away as

"Here at the clinic the tremor felt super long," a patient in a private hospital told AFP.

The rocked just before Pope is slated to arrive Thursday for a three-day visit after touring

lies on the so-called "Ring of Fire" - an arc of fault lines that circles the and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The South American country records about 200 earthquakes a year, most of them going unnoticed by the public.

The last to shake Peru hit in August 2007, killing 595 people.

A 6.3 magnitude quake was felt in on the border with last October, leaving four people with slight injuries.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:55 IST