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Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Peru

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Issued on: 11/28/2021 – 18:20

Lima (AFP) – A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, destroying buildings including a church tower, injuring at least 10 people and sending shock waves across the region.

The powerful earthquake struck at 5:52 a.m. (1052 GMT) at a depth of 131 kilometers (81 miles), according to the Geophysics Institute of Peru.

Civil Defense authorities said at least 10 people were injured, while several homes were destroyed.

The earthquake also caused damage in neighboring Ecuador.

The epicenter was 98 kilometers east of the small Peruvian town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the Peruvian Amazon – a sparsely populated area inhabited by the indigenous Amazonas.

“The movement has been massive,” the town’s mayor, Hector Riquijo, told RPP radio. He said some wooden and mud houses had collapsed.

The 14-meter (45-foot) tower of a colonial-era church in La Jalca, also in the Amazon region, has collapsed.

Widespread power outages have been reported.

The deep quake was felt in nearly half of the country, including coastal areas, the Andes region and the capital, Lima.

“We’ve all taken to the streets, we’re so scared,” a listener named Lucia told RPP Radio from the northern town of Chota.

“All my solidarity with the people of Amazonas in the face of the powerful earthquake,” Peruvian President Pedro Castillo said on Twitter. “You are not alone, brothers.”

He said he had ordered all relevant ministries to “take immediate action.”

In Lima, more than 1,000 kilometers south of the epicenter, the quake was felt with less force, but it lasted long enough to push some people into the streets.

US observers did not issue any tsunami warning after the earthquake.

The Peruvian capital, with a population of 10 million, was shaken hours before a 5.2-magnitude earthquake.

No casualties were reported after the first earthquake, which was centered west of Callao, the nearby port of Lima.

Peru is rocked by at least 400 perceptible earthquakes every year, as it is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire – a zone of widespread seismic activity that stretches along the western coast of the American continent.

On August 15, 2007 a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck the central coast of Peru, killing more than 500 people.

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