6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Piura region in northern Peru | News

The Geophysical Institute (IG) of Peru reported this Wednesday a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1, perceptible in the north of the South American country, specifically in the Piura region, and less so in areas south of Ecuador.


5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Peru

According to the Peruvian entity, the earthquake was reported at 03:26 (local time) with a depth of 25 kilometers, 13 kilometers from the city of Sullana, belonging to the department of Piura.

For his part, the director of the Decentralized Directorate of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), César Chonate Vargas, confirmed that as a result of the earthquake event, one deceased, two injured, as well as damage to some homes, were reported.

In this sense, the head of the Peruvian entity pointed out that the fatality was identified as Genaro Chunga, an elderly person who experienced cardiac arrest minutes before the tremor.

However, local media affirm that Chunga’s death occurred hours before the earthquake while the registered injured suffered minor injuries when they were running at the time of the movement.

In turn, Chonate pointed out that “people are calm, in any case brigades have been formed with personnel from the municipality to go through villages and smaller population centers to see if there is any need to attend to this population.”

On the other hand, the Ecuadorian Risk Service specified that the earthquake was felt slightly around 05:00 (local time) in the towns of El Oro, Guayas, Cañar and, moderately, in Loja Azuay and Zamora Chinchipe.