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.
Local Date and Time: 05/10/2022 03:26:17
Intensity: VI Sullana
Reference: 13 km W of Sullana, Sullana – Piura
– Geophysical Institute of Peru (@igp_peru)
October 5, 2022
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.
��[VIDEO] Mr. César Chonate, director of the #Indeci – Piura, confirmed the report of two women injured after the earthquake this morning in the northern region and assured that the man who suffered a cardiac arrest died minutes before the tremor.#ElInformativoxNacional pic.twitter.com/R1Kma2KZmq
– National (@RadioNacionalFM)
October 5, 2022
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.