Peru hit by 7-magnitude offshore earthquake

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LIMA, Peru — A 7-magnitude earthquake struck off Peru's southern coast Wednesday, shaking buildings 309 miles away in the capital Lima.

The quake struck at a depth of 29 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a bulletin on its website after initially reporting the magnitude at 6.8. The Peruvian government didn't issue a tsunami warning.

Window panes fell to the ground as homes shook near the epicenter in the town of Acari, Radio Programas reported. Carlos Mejia, mayor of Acari, said the quake left cracks in the walls of buildings and may have destroyed homes made out of adobe mud- bricks.

"They're probably on the verge of collapsing if they've not already collapsed," Mejia told Lima-based television station Canal N.

There were no reports of injuries in Acari or damage in Lima.

Fallen rocks and sand blocked a section of the Pan-American highway in Arequipa, about 416 miles south of Lima, state television TV Peru reported.