By Renee Duff AccuWeather Meteorologist
26th May 2019, 18:41:28 EDT
A strong 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Amazon rainforest in northern Peru on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
According to the Associated Press (AP), Peru's National Emergency Operations Center registered a magnitude of 7.2 for the earthquake.
Images posted by the Peruvian Ministry of Interior on Twitter showed significant damage and collapse of buildings to the Associated Press (AP) in Yurimaguas, a city of more than 62,000 inhabitants.
#AHORA Report of @PoliciaPeru and #Yurimaguas da cuenta sobre derrumbes de casonas en AA.HH. Las Praderas. Asimismo, en barrio de Macao, in the district of San Lorenzo, Datem del Marañón province, policías brindan protección y calma a población afectada. pic.twitter.com/gAc9UbNU1t
– Mininter Perú (@MininterPeru) May 26, 2019
According to preliminary estimates, six others were injured while 27 homes in seven provinces were damaged. Other affected buildings, according to AP, were three schools, three hospitals and two churches. "There is also the danger of a local downpour."
A video showed the façade of a church in Ecuador that lay in ruins on the ground.
Local law enforcement agencies "patrolled the streets to calm the population and obtain information about the collapse of housing due to the strong earthquake," the Peruvian ministry of the interior said .
Total In the region 1,250 soldiers were deployed, helicopters and aircraft.
The city of Yurimaguas was one of the communities in which large houses collapsed, but the ministry reported that Pucallpa had escaped without major damage.
The firefighters of the Nauta Company 175 Loreto reported damage to the bell tower of the parish of San Felipe and Santiago near the center of Loreto, Peru.
Power failures have occurred in some communities.
– Bomberos Perú (@bomberosPE) May 26, 2019
"affected areas", said the President of the Republic of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, on Twitter . "I ask all our citizens to stay calm."
The Temblor hit 75 km southeast of Lagunas in Peru at a depth of 110 km below the Earth's surface. Nearly 10,000 people live in Lagunas.
The location of the strong earthquake that shook Peru on Sunday, May 24, 2019 is marked by the star. (USGS)
The USGS issued a yellow alert for blur-related deaths and economic losses.
"Some losses and damages are possible and the effects should be relatively localized," said the USGS. "Earlier yellow warnings required a response at the local or regional level."
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The earthquake hit the densely populated coastal areas, but there was still a slight trembling in the Peruvian capital, Lima, when people reportedly fled their homes out of fear.
– Nury Riveros (@Nury_Riveros) May 26, 2019
There were also reports of light shakes near by Quito, Ecuador and Bogotá, Colombia.
Peru is used to frequent earthquakes as it lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
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