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Tsunami warning canceled after earthquake in Peru
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12:06, August 16, 2007

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cancelled its tsunami warning on Wednesday for eleven Latin American countries along the Pacific rim.

The center issued the Tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake hit Peru's southern coast Wednesday evening.

The center based in U.S. state of Hawaii said its earlier warning was cancelled for all the countries previously included in its advisory, namely Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, CostaRica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras.

A powerful earthquake measured locally at 7.7 magnitude and 7.5by the U.S. Geological Survey hit Peru's southern coast on Wednesday evening, killing at least 15 people.

WMTW-TV Channel 8 reported at least 15 people were killed and about 200 other injured in the quake.

The quake struck at 6:41 p.m. (2341 GMT) about 150 kilometers southeast of the capital of Lima, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Local TV quoted Peru's geophysical institute as saying that the epicenter was 120 kilometers southwest of Lima.

The quake was followed by two strong aftershocks that registered at magnitudes 5.8 and 5.9 respectively, the U.S. Geological survey said.

Local TV reported the quake knocked out telephone serve and mobile phone service in Lima. Parts of several cities in southern Peru had been hit with blackouts.

Radio stations said there was a fire in a shopping center in the capital.

Source: Xinhua



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