An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.5 has shaken this sunday the Amazon region of Peru, in the north of the country, as reported by the National Seismological Center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP). The earthquake has caused damage in northern Peru and southern Ecuador and one death has been confirmed for the moment.
The first fatality has been confirmed in the province of Chachapoyas, where the municipal manager, Marcelino Cruz, has reported a woman who died during the earthquake due to a heart attack at the Chachapoyas Hospital.
The preparation director of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), Miguel Yamasaki has confirmed 19 homes destroyed and 90 people affected in the Amazon, according to the Peruvian news agency Andina.
The epicenter has been fixed 98 kilometers east of the town of Santa María de Nieva, in the province of Condorcanqui, near the border with Ecuador. The United States Geological Survey (ISGS) has confirmed the magnitude 7.5 of the earthquake.
The earthquake has been felt in the capital, Lima, and several cities in the country, as well as in Ecuador and Colombia. The bell tower of the Church of La Jalca Grande, in the Peruvian province of Chachapoyas, department of Amazonas, has collapsed.
The church is a Historical Heritage of Peru and construction began in 1538, during the first colonial era. The current building is a reconstruction of the original, a fusion of indigenous and Spanish architecture.
Precisely the mayor of Jalca Grande, Walter Culqui, has reported that 70 of the population of the 3,000 families in the city are affected by the earthquake, specifically by damage to homes, according to statements to the RPP station. In addition, Culqui has confirmed three injured people, all three of a mild nature.
Culqui has also stated that they need heavy machinery to move the debris caused by the damage to homes and also to enable passage through the roads in the area. In any case, Culqui has warned that there is no detailed balance since they have not been able to contact the 333 native communities in the region and the situation has been aggravated by the heavy rains in recent hours.
The National Police of Peru (PNP) of roads has reported a landslide on the Tarapoto-Yurimaguas highway and rocks on the road in the El Paredón sector that impede the passage of vehicles.
In addition, the earthquake has caused the interruption of electricity supply in several cities of the region, but so far the authorities of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) have not reported personal injuries, reports the Peruvian newspaper ‘El Comercio’.
The correspondent for the Peruvian network Latina Televisión has reported power outages in the provinces of Chachapoyas and Rodríguez de Mendoza.
“Before earthquake of 7.5 registered moments ago in Condorcanqui, Amazonas region. Remember: Locate the safe zone, keep calm and wear the mask at all times. Do not forget to have your backpack handy for emergencies “, has published the INDECI on Twitter. The agency has already started the process of assessing the damage in the affected area.
The Peruvian Armed Forces have mobilized troops to collaborate with the population and 30 soldiers have already been reported sent to the Pedro Ruiz Gallo area, Bongará province, in the Amazon region. The soldiers work to remove debris, unblock roads, and care for the affected population.
At the political level, the Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo, has met with various authorities at the headquarters of the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN). The Castle himself has since moved to the town of La Jalca Grande.
Damage also in Ecuador
Meanwhile, in Ecuador the seismic movement has been felt in Napo, Cuenca, Guayaquil and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas and in cities in the mountains such as Quito and Ibarra.
The Ecuadorian president, Guillermo Lasso, has confirmed through Twitter damage to infrastructures in Loja and Zamora Chinchipe. “I have arranged for @Riesgos_Ec the constant monitoring of the event and immediate coordination with the GADs and Governors,” Lasso explained.
In Loja, in southern Ecuador, a part of the structure of the entrance to Colegio La Dolorosa has collapsed into the road, reports the newspaper ‘El Comercio’.
The Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation of the Peruvian Navy has ruled out the threat of a tsunami on the Peruvian coast.
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