7.1 -magnitude Earthquake in Peru (South America) 65 injured, 1 Died
A powerful earthquake Peru struck the coast of early Sunday, falling adobe houses in small, rural towns, 1 died and wounding dozens of other people, authorities said.
The earthquake destroyed 63 homes, displacing about 130 people, and wounded 65 people, said Jorge Chávez, Peru’s head of civil defense.
The only fatality was a man who was killed when he was crushed by a fallen rock, authorities said.
The US geological service said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centered 25 miles from Acari, a small town in the Arequipa Department of southwestern Peru. It was considered at least as far as the Peruvian capital, Lima, about 350 miles from Acari.
Many of the injured were in the Chala district, a coastal area dependent on fishing and mining that is popular with tourists, authorities said.
‘Everything that is needed is going to be sent,’ said President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. ‘We already respond at full speed’.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that dangerous waves could hit Peru and Chile, he said later that there was no threat of a tsunami since the earthquake.