On Sunday, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck northern Peru. It shattered a tower of a Catholic church built in 16th century. However, no injuries or deaths were reported immediately.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit the region’s sparsely populated area at 5:52 p.m. local time. The earthquake was about 70 miles deep below the Earth’s surface. This can sometimes help to reduce damage to infrastructure and buildings.
The epicenter was located 25 miles north of Barranca (a coastal city with 63,000 inhabitants).
The scene was captured in photos that showed the pile of rubble where the 45-foot tall tower stood. Other damage was also shown on social media, with the quake felt along Peru’s northern border in Colombia.
Three people suffered minor injuries, Culqui said.
He stated that the city would need machinery to remove the rubble from the streets and homes.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service, there were no tsunami warnings or watches issued by the National Weather Service.
After a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that rattled the area around Lima’s epicenter, the quake occurred hours later. The Geophysical Institute of Peru’s head Hernando Tavera said that at least four aftershocks occurred after the last quake and warned residents to be prepared for more.
Tavera explained to RPP Noticias that earthquakes are part of the evolution process of planet Earth.