At least nine dead in an earthquake in Peru
At least nine people died and 52 others were injured in a 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Peru on the night of Sunday August 14 to Monday August 15.
The earthquake occurred in the Arequipa region and caused a landslide, which destroyed around 50 rudimentary houses and blocked roads. "Municipalities have reported the loss of three lives in Achoma and six others in Yanque," regional governor Yamila Osorio told RPP public radio. The civil defense identified four of the nine victims, including a 66-year-old American tourist who was in a hotel in Yanque badly damaged by the earthquake.
According to the Peruvian Geophysical Institute, the epicenter of the earthquake was located ten kilometers from Chivay, capital of the province of Caylloma, and only eight kilometers deep. The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks Monday at dawn.
One of the most affected cities was Yanque. "& Nbsp; What we need most is to evacuate the wounded & nbsp;" said the mayor of Yanque, a rural town particularly affected by the earthquake. "There are people who have been crushed by walls, here the constructions are rustic", added Anastasia Suyco. In this municipality of 1 & nbsp; 200 & nbsp; inhabitants, located at 3 & nbsp; 600 & nbsp; meters above sea level, 60 & nbsp;% of housing collapsed, she said.
"& Nbsp; We are going to have to declare a state of emergency in this area so that the different organizations can provide aid & nbsp;", declared Prime Minister Fernando Zavala. Defense Minister Mariano Gonzalez said helicopters are on their way to the affected region to evacuate the injured.
Peru is affected by a hundred earthquakes each year, due to its geographic location on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area of intense telluric activity along the American continent. In November 2015, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.6 had struck the center of the country, but at a depth of 173 km, which had reduced its effects.