Two dead in Peru after 7.3-magnitude natural disaster

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A strong natural disaster struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, leaving one dead and around 20 injured and causing homes and roads to collapse.

Jorge Chavez, chief of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, initially said 65 people were injured and another person died in the town of Bella Union, but later rescinded the statement.

The quake had initially been categorized as a 7.3 natural disaster by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor was felt in the capital Lima and several other cities across the country. Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, 25 miles from the town of Acari.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially warned that "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts" and that larger-than-normal waves could hit Peru and Chile.

A strong natural disaster has struck the coast of southern Peru, causing damage to homes, collapsing roads and killing one person.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said rescue teams were on their way to verify the extent of the damage.

The quake struck 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari at 0918 GMT on Sunday, USGS reported.

A tsunami threat has been issued in Peru and Chile following a powerful quake just off the coast of South America.

Earthquakes are common along Peru's coast. Chile's navy said the natural disaster did not meet conditions to produce a tsunami, Reuters reports.