7.5 magnitude quake strikes Amazonas, felt in various other regions across Peru

09:29 | Santa Maria de Nieva (Amazonas region), Nov. 28.

A strong quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the northern region of Amazonas early on Sunday, the seismological center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) has reported.

According to the research institution, the seismic event occurred at 05:52 a.m. (local time) at a depth of 131 km and its epicenter was located 98 km east of the town of Santa Maria de Nieva, in Nieva district (Condorcanqui province), near the border with Ecuador.

The quake was felt with intensity VII in Santa Maria de Nieva, as well as in Chachapoyas —the capital of the region. In addition, due to its large magnitude, it was also felt in Peruvian capital Lima and various cities across the country.

In this regard, the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) said that the event was strongly felt in the regions of Cajamarca and Loreto.

Local media in Amazonas reported the collapse of the bell tower at Jalca Grande Temple in La Jalca Grande district (Amazonas province). Additionally, it was reported that various provinces have no electricity because of the shaking.

They also reported the destruction of houses in various towns and communities, such as Tayuntza, a town situated in Nieva district (Condorcanqui province).

International entities stated that the quake was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia, given its powerful magnitude.

On the other hand, the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DHN) of the Peruvian Navy ruled out the possibility of a tsunami along the Peruvian coast.

Earlier on Sunday (at 1:32 a.m.), a 5.2 magnitude quake hit near Callao, thus alarming people in Lima. The epicenter of this earth tremor was located in the Pacific Ocean, 44 km west of Callao.

It should be noted that Peru lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.

Published: 11/28/2021
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