Peru earthquake: Seismologists report large 7.5 magnitude tremors rocked the South American
Northern Peru has been hit by a “significant” earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5, causing some damage to residences and a few minor casualties.
According to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the tremor happened in a sparsely inhabited section of the Amazon jungle, 45 kilometres northwest of the city of Barranca.
While it was incredibly powerful, it was also somewhat deep below, at roughly 110 kilometres, which normally limits damages and casualties but causes tremors to be felt over a greater region.
The quake was felt in 19 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces, according to authorities, and the EMSC received multiple reports from people who felt minor tremors in Colombia, more than 1,000 kilometres away from the epicentre.
The US Tsunami Warning System stated that no tsunami was predicted as a result of the earthquake.
In Chachapoyas province, where a local mayor stated numerous houses were destroyed and a church tower forming part of a 16th-century complex – thought to be the oldest Catholic temple in the Amazonas area – was reduced to rubble, just three minor injuries were immediately recorded.
According to Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci), the earthquake “damaged an as yet unidentified number of dwellings” in the Amazon districts of Valera, San Jeronimo, and Leimebamba.
There was minor damage to residences in Ecuador, but no one was hurt, according to police.
The state-owned Petroperu oil pipeline, which runs 1,100 kilometres from the Peruvian Amazon to the Pacific coast in the north, has sustained no damage.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred within the Nazca plate along the Peru-Chile trench, where big earthquakes at this depth are “quite common.”
According to the US government organisation, there have been five additional intermediate-depth earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or more within 250 kilometres of the site of Sunday’s tremor in the last century.
The most recent of them was a magnitude 8 earthquake that struck on May 26, 2019, killing two people and injuring 15 others while destroying hundreds of homes and displacing numerous families, according to the authorities.
The 2019 quake also damaged roads, schools, and temples, with two road bridges collapsing, according to Peru’s National Emergency Operations Centre.
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