Peru: Earthquake kills one, injures several people in Arequipa region

Peru: Earthquake kills one, injures several people in Arequipa region

A strong earthquake occurred in Peru yesterday, Sunday January 14, 2018, at 04:18 (local time), the epicenter was recorded in the Pacific Ocean, 56 kilometers from the coastal city of Lomas (& nbsp; province d'Acarí), 48 kilometers deep, reports from the Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP) have reported.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), meanwhile, established the extent of the earthquake at 7.3 degrees on the open Richter scale and announced that no tsunami warning had been activated in the region concerned, information that has been confirmed by the Peruvian navy.

The government of Peru officially reported that one person died during the earthquake and that 65 others were injured in the south of the country, during a press conference, the President of the Council of Ministers, Mercedes Aráoz, announced a person deceased in the southern region of Arequipa, in addition to 20 minor injuries & nbsp; and 45 people more seriously injured.

The head of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), Jorge Chavez, had first reported to the local media the death of two people, a figure finally revised down, he reported that two aftershocks were recorded after the main tremor, of magnitude 3.8 and 3.7 respectively, in the localities of Lomas and Chala, in Arequipa, the areas most affected by the telluric movement.

In Lima, the earthquake was felt at a lower intensity, but it also alarmed the population. In Peru, more than 3.6 million houses, 47% of the total, are constructed of adobe, stones and wood, materials that are vulnerable in the event of earthquakes, according to a survey carried out in 2014 by the National Institute of statistics and computer science.

Mercedes Aráoz informed that the executive was working on a standard aiming to place the impacted zone in emergency situation, namely the area of ​​Arequipa directly struck. The decree will "speed up aid to the population with temporary accommodation for those affected by this emergency."

"We are preparing a decree for the declaration of emergency, in order to take measures that facilitate the immediate reconstruction of the houses and the restoration of the communication routes," she added.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visited the areas affected by the earthquake, which were also felt in the Chilean regions of Arica and Parinacota: “All that is necessary will be sent, like tents for the people whose houses were destroyed (…) in total 100 houses, ”Kuczynski told reporters in the region.

"The whole state is mobilized to meet the needs of the relatives of the deceased, the injured, our brothers in the South, are not alone," Mercedes Araoz published in a tweet.

Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz expressed solidarity with Peru over the earthquake and offered support if necessary to the authorities of the neighboring country.

Peru is located in a region of high seismic activity, at the level of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The last powerful earthquake, at a magnitude of 7.9, which occurred in 2007, killed more than 500 people in the southern region of Pisco.

The government has ruled out a possible impact of the earthquake on the papal visit, since it happened in an area that Pope Francis will not visit during his stay in the country planned between 18 and 21 January 2018. “This does not affect nothing in the agenda in place, ”said Mercedes Aráoz, at a press conference.

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