Magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred in Peru, Sunday

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It was centered in a vast nature preserve 57 miles east of the small town of Yurimaguas. Buildings collapsed and power knocked out in some areas. A bridge had collapsed and several homes and roads had been affected. Three schools, three hospitals and two churches were affected too. Ricardo Seijas, chief of the National Emergency Operations Center, said one person died when a rock fell on a house in the Huarango district. At least six people were injured.

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Images circulating on social media showed residents in several parts of the country panicked. The mayor of Lagunas, Arri Pezo, told local radio station that the quake was felt very strongly there. In the capital, Lima, people ran out of their homes. People feared aftershocks. In a tweet, President Martín Vizcarra called for calm and said that authorities were checking the affected areas. “It’s a quake that was felt throughout the Peruvian jungle,” said Vizcarra, who was scheduled to host a regional summit Sunday in the capital with the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. Earthquakes are frequent in Peru, which lies on the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire. It comes just two months after a quake with magnitude of 7.1 struck southern Peru.

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