Fri, Aug 17, 2007 - Page 1 News List

7.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Peru

TWO MINUTES OF TERROR The quake struck southeast of the capital at around dinner time, killing hundreds of people and leaving more than 1,000 others injured

AP AND AFP , LIMA

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for Latin America's Pacific coast but later canceled it when the wave measured only 20cm to 30cm.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the coasts of Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. A tsunami watch was issued for the rest of Central America and Mexico, along with an advisory for Hawaii.

The center canceled all the alerts about two hours later, but said the quake had caused the small tsunami near the epicenter.

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