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At least 12 people have been injured in an earthquake in Peru


The magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Peru this Sunday caused damage to 12 minor injuries and destroyed 1,670 homes, according to a recent report by the National Emergency Response Center.

Damage has been reported in nine of Peru’s twenty – five regions, although the vast majority are concentrated in the northern branch of the Amazon, where the center is located 98 kilometers east of the city of Santa Maria de Niva.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

So far, in Peru, 13 houses have been destroyed, 305 with unrepairable damage to residential buildings and another 860 with damage such as cracks.

Similarly, a health center was destroyed and 32 more were damaged, as well as thirteen schools and fifteen churches, including the La Jalga Grande temple, the bell tower built during the colonial period collapsed.

There are also some of the most shocking pictures of the day, such as rescuing someone trapped under the rubble of his house.

The President of Peru arrived in the area in the afternoon. Pedro CastilloCoordinating emergency measures to know the extent of the damage directly and to assist the government and the victims.

“We will not rest until people have the security to stay in their quiet homes. I will meet with ministers at the scene and manage the reconstruction of the most affected areas, ”Castillo said on social media.

More than 1.5 km of roads have been destroyed in different places by the quake and more than 5 km of landslides and landslides have affected some of the major communication routes in the Peruvian Amazon, such as the Fernando Highway.

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At this time, the provinces that were cut off after the quake, such as Amazon Yurimaguas in Loreto, and Chachapoyas, Amazonas, have not yet been able to fully restore power supply.

The quake also damaged pre-Hispanic porcelain pieces and burial bundles housed in the San Martin Departmental Museum.

Meanwhile, the government is assessing whether to declare a state of emergency in some of the most affected provinces, and the military has deployed five military units in the Cajamarca and Amazonas areas to serve the affected population, clear debris and block roads, the defense ministry said in a statement.

At the same time, seven aircraft, including Air Force and Army aircraft and helicopters, have been mobilized for emergency attendance.

At 5:52 GMT (10:52 GMT), the epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, at 131 km / h. Large part of South America and also felt in Lima, Quito and Leticia (Colombia).

From Colombia, which is currently without any damage, its leader Ivan Duque expressed his solidarity with Peru on Sunday and offered assistance if needed.

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Connell, and the Venezuelan government also extended their support to Peru, at the hands of his foreign minister, Felix Placencia.

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