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8.0 magnitude earthquake rocks northern Peru

Sunday 26/May/2019 - 12:21 PM
8.0 magnitude earthquake
8.0 magnitude earthquake rocks northern Peru
Edited by Hassnein Tayea
A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit northern Peru on Sunday، according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The Peruvian government's emergency department registered a magnitude of 7.2 for the earthquake، according to the Associated Press (AP).

Local law enforcement agents were "patrolling the streets to calm down the population and receive information about housing collapses due to the strong earthquake،" the Ministry of the Interior of Peru said.

Power outages have occurred in some Amazonian communities، the AP reported.

"We are evaluating the affected areas،" President of the Republic of Peru، Martín Vizcarra، said on Twitter. "I ask all of our citizens to remain calm."

The temblor struck 47 miles (75 km) southeast of Lagunas، Peru، at a depth of 68 miles (110 km) below the earth's surface. Lagunas، located within the Amazon rainforest، is home to nearly 10،000 people.

The location of the powerful earthquake that struck Peru on Sunday، May 24، 2019، is noted by the star. (USGS)


The USGS issued a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.

"Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized،" the USGS stated. "Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response."

The earthquake hit away from the heavily populated coastal areas، but light shaking was still felt in the capital of Lima، Peru، where people reportedly ran from their homes out of fear.

There were also reports of light shaking near Quito، Ecuador، and Bogota، Columbia.

Peru is accustomed to experiencing frequent earthquakes as it lies along the Pacific's Ring of Fire.

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