Strong 7.1-magnitude quake in Peru leaves two dead, 17 missing

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A 7.3-magnitude quake which struck Peru Sunday morning has killed two people, while the country's health minister said 17 people went missing after a mine collapsed following the quake.

The natural disaster was centered near the coast of Peru, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south-southwest of Acari, according to the US Geological Survey.

Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that one 55-year old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by rock.

In August 2016, a 5.4 natural disaster centered in southern Peru and killed nine people and left 40 injured.

Several municipalities were without electricity, and many adobe houses had collapsed, Osorio said.

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In 2007 an natural disaster killed hundreds in the region of Ica. Tsunamis capable of producing damage or casualties are rare in this magnitude range but have occurred due to secondary effects such as landslides or submarine slumps.

For a short time after the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that localized tsunami waves could affect parts of the Peru and Chile coastline.

In the city of Arequipa, residents ran into the streets after the quake struck at 4:18 am (0918 GMT).

The quake was also felt in northern Chile, Peru's southern neighbour.

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