An Earthquake Of Magnitude 7.5 Shakes The North Of Peru

An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 shakes the north of Peru

At least four people have been injured and 867 damaged in the early hours of this Sunday in Peru by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale, which has been felt in much of the country and South America, according to reported in the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN).

The earthquake that occurred at dawn this Sunday has so far left 220 homes affected, 75 of them completely destroyed, in addition to seven churches and three health facilities. There are also 900 meters of affected roads in different parts of the country, such as the Fernando Beláunde Terry highway, which has been blocked at different points by various landslides and landslides. Likewise, several provinces have been left without electricity supply after the earthquake.

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The damage is concentrated in several municipalities in the Amazon region, in northern Peru, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, located 98 kilometers east of the town of Santa María de Nieva, where the earthquake has been felt with a very intense intensity. strong.

Damages have also been reported to infrastructures in the neighboring regions of Loreto, San Martín, Cajamarca and in the interior of the department of Lambayeque, according to the Prime Minister of Peru, Mirtha Vásquez, who has coordinated since early in the morning the evaluation of damages in the COEN facilities.

Meanwhile, the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has traveled to the municipality of La Jalca, in the Amazon region, which seems to be the most affected population, with numerous collapsed buildings, including the bell tower of the Jalca church. Large, a building from the colonial era.

Some of the most shocking images of the day have also been recorded there, such as the rescue of a man who had been trapped under the rubble of his house.

“All my solidarity with the people of Amazonas in the face of the strong earthquake that occurred. You are not alone, brothers. We will support those affected and act in the face of material damage,” President Castillo, whose Executive evaluates declaring an emergency to the most affected provinces.

Given the proximity of the epicenter of the earthquake to Ecuador, damage to homes has also been recorded in the Ecuadorian cantons of Zamora and Loja, with several buildings affected and a church collapsed.

The earthquake originated at a great depth of land of 131 kilometers, which reduced its destructive power on the surface but amplified the range of its seismic wave to a wide geographical area that covered much of South America and made it felt even in Colombia.

This circumstance has also caused the first earthquake alert offered by the United States Geological Survey to initially locate the epicenter near the coastal town of Barranca, about 1,000 kilometers from the actual location of the earthquake.

From Colombia, where no damage has been reported at the moment, its president, Iván Duque, has expressed his solidarity with Peru on Sunday and has offered help if required.

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