According to the United States Geological Survey, there was a strong preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake in northern Peru.
The quake occurred on Sunday at 5:52 am local time (1052 GMT). It was very powerful, but relatively deep at 112 kilometers, usually reducing damage and casualties.
The epicenter was 42 km (26 miles) northwest of the coastal city of Baranka.
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Local media and witnesses reported that the 14-meter tower of the protected four-century-old church collapsed shortly after the 7.5-degree earthquake recorded on Sunday in northern Peru.
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Videos and photos posted online show that the historic tower, which is part of a 16th-century complex that was considered the oldest Catholic temple in the Amazonas region, has become a mountain of stones. But the main atrium still seemed to be standing.
Social media posts have also shown damage elsewhere, including churches in southern Ecuador. The earthquake was also felt in Colombia.
The Ministry of Defense’s National Institute for Defense Studies in Peru did not immediately report any damage or injury from the earthquake.
Earthquakes are common in Peru. Peru is located in the Ring of Fire, where 85% of the planet’s seismic activity occurs.
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