Seismologists have said a “major” earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck northern Peru.
The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said the quake hit a sparsely populated region of the Amazon rainforest, about 45 kilometers northwest of the city of Barranca.
This happened at a depth of about 100 km, which limits the level of aftershocks, the organization said.
Nevertheless, the EMSC received several accounts from people living in parts of Ecuador, more than 250 km from the epicenter, who said they had experienced strong tremors – and some who felt minor tremors in Colombia.
The US Tsunami Warning System said there was no threat of a tsunami after the quake and no casualties were reported.
But local media and eyewitnesses reported some damage to the buildings, including a church tower—part of a 16th-century complex believed to be the oldest Catholic temple in the Amazonas region—which had turned to rubble. .
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