Peru earthquake leaves one dead and several injured

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The people of Peru were reeling from the devastation of the 8.0 earthquake that struck the northern part of the country from the 26th of May. One person as of this point was reported to have been killed and 11 were injured. Meanwhile, seven were injured in Ecuador.

According to the National Emergency Operations Center, the casualty was a 48-year-old man who was a resident of the Cajamarca region in northwestern Peru. Readings gathered by the United States Geological Survey showed that the epicenter had a depth of 115 km and reached other areas in central and northern Latin America. Buildings were heavily damaged, including some health centers.

The president of Peru, Martin Vizcarra has gone to Yurimaguas in the Peruvian Amazon, which was hit the hardest by the quake. He has gone with government officials to help in the relief effort and check on the damage to infrastructure. The president himself reported on the damage to roads and numerous injuries. There are teams on the way to aid the affected areas. There were also landslides reported to have taken place in other regions in Ecuador.

The earthquake was considered to be the strongest in over 12 years, at least within the country of Peru, according to President Vizcarra.

On his end, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that they would await further information on the earthquake. This was not the first earthquake of such a scale to take place in the decade. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Peru in January of 2018 killing two people.

There were 65 people injured in various parts of southern Peru, as reported by the National Civil Defense Institute. On August 15, 2007, there was also a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that killed over 514 people in Lima. This earthquake has one of the highest kill counts in Peruvian history.

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