Dry weather to aid cleanup efforts along Peru's coast after earthquake leaves 1 dead

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 15, 2018, 12:36:59 AM EST

One person is dead and 65 others injured after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred off the south-central coast of Peru early Sunday morning.

Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio tweeted that a 55-year-old man died after being crushed by a rock in the Yauca district. At least 20 other people are being treated for injuries.

Over 170 homes were destroyed, displacing as many families, the Associated Press reported.

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Silverio Apaza walks amid debris of his home damaged after an earthquake in Bella Union, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Reyna)


Osorio stated that tents and blankets will be provided to those affected by the earthquake.

"Dry weather is expected along and near the south-central coast of Peru through Monday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "Temperatures will rise between 24-27 C (75-80 F) during the day and fall to 18-21 C (65-70 F) at night."

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Spotty showers and thunderstorms may disrupt cleanup efforts at times in the foothills and Andes.

Similar weather is expected through at least midweek.

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An earthquake occurred off the central coast of Peru on Sunday morning, Jan. 14, 2018. (Image/USGS)


The earthquake was rather shallow with a depth of 8 miles (12.1 km) and was centered 26 miles (42 km) to the south-southwest of Acari, Peru, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS initially reported the temblor's magnitude at 7.3, but later revised it to 7.1.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for the coast of Peru shortly after the earthquake, warning that hazardous tsunami waves were possible.

However, all advisories were canceled a little over an hour after the first alert was issued. No tsunami waves were observed.

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