Huge magnitude 8 earthquake strikes city in heart of Amazon jungle with tremors felt 600 miles across Peru

Sunday, May 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

No reports of casualties although buildings collapsed and there were power cuts
President Martín Vizcarra called for calm and said authorities were responding
The quake struck at 2.41am around 50 miles southeast of the village of Lagunas

26 May 2019

A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 struck the Amazon jungle in north-central Peru early Sunday, the U.S. Geological survey reported.

The quake, at a moderate depth of 68 miles struck at 2.41am, 50 miles southeast of the village of Lagunas and 98 miles northeast of the larger town of Yurimaguas.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, although some buildings collapsed and power cuts were reported in a number of cities. Earthquakes that are close to the surface generally cause more destruction.

In a tweet, President Martín Vizcarra called for calm and said that authorities were checking the affected areas.

Vizcarra posted on Twitter: ‘The strong earthquake that occurred this morning was felt in several regions of the country. We’re evaluating the affected areas.

‘To all our citizens, I ask you to remain calm.’

The mayor of Lagunas, Arri Pezo, told local radio station RPP that the quake was felt very strongly there, but it was not possible to move around the town because of the darkness.

In Yurimaguas, a number of old houses collapsed, and the electricity was cut, according to the National Emergency Operations Center, which gave the magnitude of the quake as 7.2.

In the capital, Lima, people ran out of their homes in fear.

Earthquakes are frequent in Peru, which lies on the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire.

British student Leith Livingstone, who was in Montanita, Ecuador, told Mirror Online: ‘I got woken up at approx 2.40am local time with the building I’m in shaking heavily back and forth the bed was being moved with it.

‘I wasn’t sure what was going on till everyone came in and said it was an earthquake.

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