The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of seven.5 has struck in northern Peru.
The earthquake happened at 5:52 a.m. Sunday native time (1052 GMT). Whereas it was extraordinarily robust, it was comparatively deep, measured at 112 kilometers, which often reduces harm and casualties.
The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the coastal metropolis of Barranca.
A 14-meter tower in a protected four-century-old church collapsed shortly after the 7.5-degree quake recorded Sunday in northern Peru, in line with native media and witnesses accounts.
Video and images posted on-line confirmed the historic tower, a part of a Sixteenth-century complicated that was thought of the oldest Catholic temple within the Amazonas area, diminished to a pile of stones, though the primary atrium seemed to be nonetheless standing.
Social media posts additionally confirmed harm in different areas, together with in a church in southern Ecuador. The quake was additionally felt in Colombia.
The Protection Ministry’s Nationwide Civil Protection Institute in Peru didn’t instantly report damages or accidents by the quake.
Earthquakes are widespread in Peru, which falls inside the Pacific Ring of Fireplace the place 85 per cent of the planet’s seismic exercise takes place.
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