Peru Hit By Powerful Earthquake
LIMA, PERU – A powerful earthquake hit northern Peru this Tuesday, with reverberations carrying as far as neighboring Colombia and Ecuador.
The earthquake struck the sparsely-populated Loreto region, with its epicenter occuring 259 km (approximately 161 miles) west of the city of Iquitos.
Reports on the magnitude of the earthquake vary. The US Geological Survey reported the quake’s magnitude at 5.8, but reports from other news sources such as the Washington Post, The Nation, and Channel NewsAsia, including Peruvian sources such as RPP Noticias—many of which cite the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP)—have reported the earthquake's magnitude to be as high as 6.2.
Residents in some towns in Peru and Ecuador were reportedly evacuated as a precautionary measure, though no property damage or injuries were reported.
Residents of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, reportedly fled from buildings and took shelter in the city’s open plazas, and The Washington Post noted that Tuesday's earthquake occurred mere days after Ecuador commemorated the first anniversary of a tragic quake in which almost 700 people were lost.
AndNowUKnow will continue to report on this seismically-volatile growing region.