An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 8.0 shook the north of Peru this morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
“The epicenter was located at a depth of about 115 kilometers and was felt in other countries of South America, as in Ecuador and even in Venezuela”, CNN reported today.
So far, according to a report of the National Emergency Operations Center of Peru (COEN), there is one deceased person in the Cajamarca region, 51 affected families and 11 people injured.
In addition, four schools, three health centers, two churches, two bridges and different stretches of road have been affected”, CNN explained, adding that in several regions of the country the electricity service was affected.
According to COEN the earthquake occurred in the upper Amazon and was perceived as moderate to strong in several regions.
“The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, in his Twitter account, asked the citizens to remain calm and inform themselves in the official pages of the COEN. Hours later, the President traveled to Yurimaguas, one of the affected areas, accompanied by the ministers of Health, Transport and Communications and the head of the National Institute of Civil Defense”, CNN wrote.