Peru: Earthquake leaves two dead and dozens injured


Map of Peru showing the Arequipa, Ica, Ayacucho regions affected by the 14 January 2018 earthquake.

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has left two people dead and 65 people injured in south-west Peru, the Peruvian government said.

The earthquake occurred at 04:18 local time (09:18 GMT) on Sunday.

The epicentre was in the Pacific Ocean and tremors could be felt over 36km (22 miles) away, according to the US Geological Survey.

Peruvian officials initially said there were unconfirmed reports of 17 missing miners.

Peru’s health minister, Abel Salinas, said a rescue team have arrived at the mine to access the damage.

The government also said strong tremors had been felt in the town of Lomas, some 26km from the epicentre.

The Arequipa regional governor, Yamila Osorio, said on Twitter (in Spanish) that a man had died in the town of Yauca, after being hit by a rock.

A second person died in the town of Bella Union after a building collapsed, the head of the Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defence told a radio station.

The Institute of Civil Defence has said that 65 people were injured in the Arequipa, Ica and Ayacucho regions.

Regional authorities said homes had been destroyed in a number of small towns.