No Tsunami from powerful Peru quake

LIMA, PERU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the coast of Peru Wednesday morning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says that a destructive Pacific-wide Tsunami is not expected and there is no Tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The quake happened at 7:57 a.m. Hawaii time and was centered about 353 miles north north-east of the capital of Lima. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake occurred 90 miles underground according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The deeper the quake, the less it is likely to cause damage.

Peru's Institute of Geophysics registered the quake's magnitude at 7, but an official at the institute said that because of its depth, it only felt like a 5-magnitude quake to residents.

Its most recent deadly quake occurred on Aug. 15, 2007. The 7.9-magnitude temblor killed 596 people and largely destroyed the coastal city of Pisco just south of Lima, the capital.

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