7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru coast killing at least one

Posted at 5:51 AM, Jan 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-14 16:00:44-05

LIMA, Peru (KGTV) — Officials are reporting at least one death after a massive earthquake struck off the coast of central Peru early Sunday morning.

The jolt struck at 4:18 a.m. about 25 miles south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district and 22 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The USGS initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.3 but later downgraded it to 7.1.

Peruvian authorities said Sunday that at least one person died following the large earthquake. The 55-year-old man was reportedly crushed by a rock, according to CNN.

Reports also indicated that several dozen people were injured in the quake. 

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Sunday morning that the tsunami threat has passed and that no tsunami waves were observed.