(Lima) In an earthquake of 6.1 degrees on the Richter scale, “more than 40 people injured, including three seriously injured” and houses were damaged on Friday on the north coast of Peru, the authorities said.
Posted on Jul 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm
The quake was recorded at 12:10 p.m. (5:10 p.m. GMT) and its epicenter is 12 kilometers west of the city of Sullana, not far from the border with Ecuador, at a depth of 36 kilometers, according to the National Institute of Geophysics.
“The 6.1 magnitude earthquake has so far injured more than 40 people, including three seriously injured,” said José Nizama, Piura health director, quoted by the Andina government agency.
According to Civil Security, the earthquake damaged 187 homes and at least four temples.
The facade of the 1588 listed cathedral in the city of Piura was slightly damaged, said Andina.
Pedro Castillo, who took office as President on Wednesday, traveled to the region with Prime Minister Guido Bellido to mobilize aid for the two hardest-hit cities of Sullana and Piura.
“As an authority, we help to coordinate emergency measures that the people in the north may need. Our priority is to protect the integrity of all citizens, ”tweeted the new head of state.
The direction of the hydrography and navigation of the navy excluded any danger of a tsunami.
Peru, which lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, experiences about 100 earthquakes a year that can be seen by humans.