A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, destroying homes including a church tower, injuring at least 10 people and sending shock waves throughout the region.
The epicenter was reported at 5:52 am (10:52 am GMT), a distance of 131 km (81 miles), according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru.
Civil Defense officials say at least 10 people have been injured, while 75 homes have been damaged.
The quake also wreaked havoc in neighboring Ecuador.
The eagle was about 98 miles[98 km]east of the small Peruvian town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the Peruvian Amazon – a sparsely populated Amazon region.
“The move has been huge,” the mayor of the town, Hector Requejo, told RPP radio. He said some wooden and mud houses collapsed.
A 14-meter (45-foot) tower of the colonial church collapsed in the state of La Jalca, as well as in the Amazon.
Power outages have become commonplace and roads have been cut by rocks excavated by the quake.
The quake affected almost half of the country, including the coastal areas and the Andes, as well as the capital of Lima.
“We have all gone to the streets, we are very scared,” a listener named Lucia told RPP radio station north of Chota town.
“All my solidarity with the people of the Amazonas in the face of a major earthquake,” Peruvian President Pedro Castillo said on Twitter. “You are not alone, brothers.”
He further added that he had instructed all relevant ministries to “take immediate action.”
In Lima, more than 600 miles[1,000 km]south of the epicenter, the epicenter was reported below the epicenter, and some people were able to walk on the streets.
No tsunami alert was issued by U.S. officials following the quake.
Peru’s capital city, with a population of 10 million, had been shaken several hours earlier by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
No one was injured after the first quake, which was west of Callao, a port near Lima.
Peru is shaken by at least 400 earthquakes each year, and it is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire – a region of numerous earthquakes that spread along the west coast of the American continent.
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake on August 15, 2007, struck the central coast of Peru, killing more than 500 people.
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