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Peru earthquake injures dozens

July 31, 2021

A pregnant woman was seriously injured after an earthquake struck northern Peru. A 16th-century cathedral was among the buildings damaged.

President Pedro Castillo visits a hospital
Newly installed President Pedro Castillo visited those injured in the earthquakeImage: Agencia EFE/imago images

At least 40 people were injured when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook northern Peru on Friday.

Three people, including a pregnant woman, were seriously injured after walls collapsed in Sullana, the city's hospital reported.

Just a day after his inauguration, President Pedro Castillo paid a visit to the hospital to speak to some of the wounded.

The US Geological Survey reported that the quake's epicenter was roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from Sullana, the capital of the Sullana Province. Tremors were also felt in southern Ecuador, such was the magnitude of the earthquake.

Piura Cathedral damaged

Peru's civil defense agency said 187 homes were damaged and six were left uninhabitable. Several of the injured incurred broken bones.

Local television footage showed that part of the facade of a 16th-century cathedral in nearby Piura fell off as a result of the earthquake.

Peru's Pacific coast often suffers severe earthquakes. Lying on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the coastal region is an area marked by seismic upheaval, with some 128 volcanoes still active.

The Pacific Ring of Fire

jsi/mm (AFP, EFE, dpa, AP)