Peru Shaken by 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake

Aug 15, 2007 2:20 PM

LIMA, Peru (KHNL) - A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the coast of Peru Wednesday night killing at least 17 people.

The quake struck at 6:41 p.m. (1:41 p.m. HST) and was centered about 90 miles southeast of the capital of Lima.

An Associated Press photographer reported some homes had collapsed in the center of the city and that many people had fled into the streets for safety. Another AP reporter said the quake shook the city for more than a minute.

A tsunami advisory issued for the state of Hawaii has been canceled.