BREAKING: Massive Earthquake; Tsunami Warning


( – BREAKING NEWS: A powerful earthquake has struck near Peru’s coast, triggering a tsunami warning for the region and injuring at least five people.

Volcano Discovery reported that the 7.2-magnitude quake hit just outside Peru’s second-most populated city, Arequipa, at approximately 12:36 a.m. local time. It was the strongest in that part of Peru in over 23 years.

According to the country’s health ministry, the event prompted the country’s National Tsunami Warning Center to issue an alert indicating a “possible” tsunami. Its U.S. counterpart estimated that waves could reach between one and three meters above tide level along certain parts of Peru’s coast.

An update from the Peruvian Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation suggested the threat had passed.

Sam Wimpenny, an expert in geology and tectonics at the University of Bristol in the U.K., said, “So far, no tsunami wave has been reported, likely because this earthquake was too small and did not offset the seafloor by a significant amount.”

Moreover, the Peruvian government said on X that it was monitoring the situation and determining “the actions to be taken.”

While two smaller aftershocks between 4.4 and 4.9 magnitude were recorded by the United States Geological Survey, local officials reported damage to houses and buildings but no fatalities.

Reuters informed that the seismic activity also disrupted power and telecommunications in areas near the epicenter.

“There have been power and telephone outages in several locations close to the quake’s center,” said Ricardo Guillen, a representative of the National Emergency Operations Center.

Additionally, Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications confirmed it had activated emergency protocols and was “monitoring the state of roads, ports, airports and communication services in the area.”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated that the earthquake’s estimated economic losses were less than one percent of Peru’s $268 billion GDP.

Peru’s national police service issued earthquake safety advice to citizens on X, including what to put in an emergency backpack and to be familiar with evacuation routes.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, which is located in the seismically active region known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. According to EarthquakeList, the country experiences an average of 513 earthquakes annually.


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