At least 41 people were injured, 3 of them seriously, after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that struck the Piura region in northern Peru at noon this Friday, health sources reported.
After the strong earthquake, which was felt at 12:10 local time (17:10 GMT), the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, abandoned the traditional military parade for the Peruvian independence festivities and left for Piura, a region located about 990 kilometers to the north of Lima.
The director of the hospital in the city of Sullana, 12 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, told Channel N television that, so far, they have treated 35 patients, while the regional director of Health of Piura, José Nizama, He added that six other wounded were treated in the regional capital.
The vast majority of those affected suffered minor contusions, although three suffered more serious injuries, including a pregnant woman, an adult man and a 2-year-old girl.
The director of the Sullana hospital indicated that 15 of the injured have already been discharged, while others remain under observation, in some cases due to fractures, and the pregnant woman has had to be operated on for facial trauma.
According to local media, the woman was injured by falling off a wall, while the man suffered trauma and the girl apparently fell from a second floor while trying to leave her home.
Nizama confirmed, for its part, that “there have been no deaths so far”, but four hospitals have suffered damage to their infrastructure and added that in the city of Piura another six people who suffered minor injuries were treated.
The National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) added that landslides and landslides were reported on La Esmeralda beach, “impacts” on public infrastructure and homes in the districts of Sullana and Tambo Grande, in two temples in the provinces of Paita and Sechura , and in the fire companies of Sullana, Chulucanas, Marcavilca and Bellavista.
The telluric movement originated at a depth of 36 kilometers from the surface, so that the population of Sullana felt it with an intensity of grade 6 on the Mercalli scale, considered “strong” by specialists.
For this reason, it caused damage to the infrastructure, such as the fall of poles and cracks in houses in Sullana, while in Piura several old buildings, such as the cathedral, suffered the detachment of cornices and part of their façade.
The Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) reported that then there were two aftershocks of the earthquake, the first of them at 2:37 p.m. local time (19:37 GMT), with a magnitude of 3.9, and the other at 3:14 (20:14 GMT) , with a magnitude of 4.9.
Later, the Vice President of Peru and Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion, Dina Boluarte, expressed her “solidarity with all the people of Piura, especially with the victims of the earthquake.”
“Our government will make all possible efforts to alleviate the situation of the bereaved and victims. Never again will a Peruvian be alone in the face of adversity,” said Boluarte.
Peru is located in the area called the Pacific Ring of Fire, where approximately 85% of the world’s seismic activity is recorded.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.