Peru issues tsunami alert along southern coast after 7.8 quake strikes Chile

Peru issues tsunami alert along southern coast after 7.8 quake strikes Chile
Peru's "Costa Verde" bay remains closed following a tsunami alert in Lima on April 01, 2014.

LIMA - Peru issued a tsunami alert along its southern coast after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile, the Peruvian Navy said via Twitter on Wednesday.

The US Geological Survey upgraded the earthquake - the strongest of several aftershocks since a massive quake rocked the region on Tuesday - to 7.8 after initially reporting it had a magnitude of 7.4.

There were no initial reports of damages in Peru.

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