Peru is shaken each year by at least a hundred earthquakes perceptible for the population because it is located on the Pacific Firebelt, a telelusive activity area that extends along the coast. West from the American continent.
Le Monde with AP and AFP
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit Sunday at 5:52 (11:52 in Paris) northern Peru, announced The Institute of Geological Studies of the United States (USGS ). The earthquake struck the jungle in the north of the country as well as a vast area near the Central Coast, said the National Institute of Peruvian Geophysics.
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The Peruvian Institute located the epicenter of the earthquake at 98 kilometers east of Santa Maria de Nieva, capital of the province of Condorchanqui in the department of Amazonas 860 kilometers northeast of Lima near of the border with the Ecuador, at a depth of 131 kilometers, which usually reduces the damage and the number of victims.
Santa María de Nieva is located in a sparsely populated area where natives live, on the banks of the Nieva River. In Barranca, the bell tower of a church collapsed. In its initial reports, the civil defense specifies that, for the moment, no victim has been reported. No tsunami alert was issued after the earthquake.
The shake was felt in almost half of the country, in the north and center, especially in areas like Cajamarca, Piura, Tumbes, Lambayeque, Ancash and in the capital. In Lima, located more than a thousand kilometers south of the epicenter, the population has come down in the streets of some neighborhoods. Electricity cuts have been reported in the affected areas. The earthquake was also felt in Colombia.
Peru is shaken each year by at least a hundred earthquakes perceptible for the population because it is located on the Pacific Firebelt, a telelusive activity area that extends along the coast. west of the American continent.