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No tsunami expected after strong quake in Peru

By Star-Advertiser staff and news services

LAST UPDATED: 5:27 p.m. HST, Aug 24, 2014

A powerful earthquake in central Peru Sunday afternoon did not cause a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials on Oahu said.

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at about 1:21 p.m. Hawaii time and was centered 27 miles east-northeast of Tambo, Peru, at a depth of 290 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The seismological service initially reported the magnitude as 7, but revised it downward to 6.9 in a subsequent report. According to the survey's updated figures, the quake occurred at 2321GMT Sunday and was centered about 27 miles east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 467,290 miles) southeast of the capital of Lima. It had a depth of 62.8 miles, the survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru's fire agency. He said authorities were still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centered.

Local media said that the quake was felt in parts of Lima and in many major cities of southeastern Peru, including Cuzco and Arequipa.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu issued a statement that no Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.

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