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Powerful Earthquake in Peru Kills 1 Person, Injures 11

Powerful Earthquake in Peru Kills 1 Person, Injures 11

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By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest

A powerful early morning earthquake Sunday struck a remote area of Peru’s Amazon jungle. The magnitude 8 quake killed one man when a rock fell through his house, according to the Associated Press. Eleven other people were injured.

The quake destroyed 17 homes across seven provinces. Three schools, three hospitals and two churches were also damaged. Power was knocked out throughout the area.

In addition, the earthquake disrupted oil drilling operations at the state-owned Petroperu facility in Loreto and caused a “minor” leak at the company’s refinery on the Pacific coast, according to United Press International.

Reuters called it the biggest quake in Peru since 2007. It was also felt in neighboring Colombia and Ecuador.

Depth of Peru Earthquake Limited Surface Damage

The tremor “was centered in Lagunas, in the midst [of] a vast nature preserve 57 miles (92 kilometers) east of the small town of Yurimaguas,” AP said. Damage was limited because the quake occurred about 70 miles (114 kilometers) below the surface. Earthquakes close to the surface generally cause the most destruction, the news agency explained.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra called for calm before traveling to the affected area to survey the damage with members of his cabinet.

“It’s a quake that was felt throughout the Peruvian jungle,” Vizcarra said, adding that initial reports indicated that a bridge had collapsed and roads were damaged. He had been scheduled to host a regional summit Sunday in Lima with the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Earthquakes are frequent in Peru, which lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire. On August 15, 2007, a quake similar in size to Sunday’s struck near Lima, killing more than 500 people.

David Hubler David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published the paperback edition of David’s latest book, "The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation's Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever."