A strong earthquake struck northern Peru with a magnitude of 7.5 on 28 November, 4:22 pm. Some damages and minor injuries were reported.
The Tremor occurred 45 kilometers northwest of the city of Barranca is a sparsely populated region of the Amazon rainforest, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
While the Tremor was extremely powerful, it was relatively deep underground, at a depth of around 110 kilometers, which usually limits significant damages and casualties. Still, tremors were felt over a larger area.
Authorities in neighboring Ecuador and Colombia (1,000 kilometers away) reported the EMSC of minor tremors. In fact, In Ecuador, 19 of the country’s 24 provinces said little shakes.
The US Tsunami Warning System has conveyed that no tsunami was expected.
Only three minor injuries were reported immediately in Chachapoyas province. As per the sources, several houses were damaged, and the oldest Catholic temple in the Amazonas region, a church tower part of a 16th-century complex, was eradicated.
Some unknown numbers of houses were also damaged as per the sources. Ecuador also reported damages to a few places with no human injuries, local authorities remarked.
However, no damage was reported to Petroperu’s 1,100-kilometer oil pipeline, which connects the Peruvian Amazon region to the Pacific coast in the north.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred in the Nazca plate at the Peru-Chile trench, where large earthquakes of this magnitude are relatively common.
According to the US government agency, there have been five other intermediate-depth earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or greater within 250km of the epicenter of Sunday’s Tremor over the past century. While, the recent one was on 26 May 2019, which was of the magnitude of 8. It killed two people and left many injured and homeless.