Major Earthquake Near Peruvian Coast

A major earthquake struck off the coast of Peru just before midday today, New Zealand time.

The 11:41 a.m. magnitude 7.5 quake was located in the Pacific Ocean 160 km SSE of Lima, Peru (62 km west of Chincha Alta, Peru) at a depth of 47 km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin at 11:53 this morning advising that a widespread tsunami event was not expected, but that a sea disturbance near the epicentre was possible.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a further bulletin at 12:19 with a tsunami warning for Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia, after revising the earthquake’s magnitude to 7.9. A tsunami “watch” is in effect for other South American states. No alert has been issued for New Zealand at this stage.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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