One dead, 17 hurt in Peru earthquake

December 3, 2016 at 9:29 am

LIMA: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck south-eastern Peru killed one person, injured 17 others and damaged dozens of homes, officials said Friday.

“Authorities in the district of Ocuviri have confirmed the death of a minor and 17 injured who are now being assisted by medics,” the National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) said on Twitter after Thursday´s quake.

The quake in the Puno region hit at 5:40 pm (2240 GMT) on Thursday, its epicentre 58 kilometres (36 miles) from the town of Lampa and at a depth of 30 kilometres, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

“Eight collapsed homes are reported in Lampa and 40 affected in the Paratia district. People are located in safe areas,” INDECI had earlier reported, adding that communication with the area had been disrupted.

IGP head Hernando Tavera reported that “the population was scared and took to the streets” in Lampa, which has 15,000 residents.

The tremor lasted about 30 seconds and was also felt in the nearby city of Puno, located in the Andes Mountains more than 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level.

Both Lampa and Puno are close to Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian border.

Peru lies on the so-called “Ring of Fire” — an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The South American country records about 200 earthquakes a year, most of them unnoticed by the public.

The last deadly earthquake in Peru struck in August, when a 5.3-magnitude tremor hit the country´s south at a shallow depth of eight kilometres below the surface.

Four people died, including a US tourist.

The last major quake struck in August 2007, killing 595 people.

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