An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 rocked northern Peru early Sunday, causing several structures to collapse and closing many roadways with rubble.
While the quake was extraordinarily powerful, it was relatively deep — 112 kilometers (70 miles) — which normally decreases the likelihood of damage and casualties.
The earthquake struck at 5:52 a.m. (1052 GMT) and had its epicenter in the Amazon region, 42 kilometers (26 miles) north of the coastal city of Barranca. According to the US Geological Survey, it measured 7.5 magnitudes.
According to Mayor Walter Culqui of Peru’s RPP radio, three persons were lightly hurt when a portion of a 16th-century church in the Amazon region’s La Jalca district collapsed.
Several routes in Peru’s Amazonas and Cajamarca regions were closed due to falling stones, and the tremor was felt over 800 kilometers (500 miles) distant in Lima, where several people hurried to safety.