7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Southern Peru, Toppling 16th-Century Catholic Church Tower

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked northern Peru on Sunday, collapsing a 16th-century Catholic church tower although no deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.

Peru’s civil defense chief Carlos Yañez, said at least four people were injured and 220 homes seriously damaged or destroyed. Yañez also said some roads and other infrastructure were damaged.

The quake struck at the sparsely populated region at 5:52 local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was deep, about 70 miles below the Earth’s surface, a factor that can sometimes reduce damage to buildings and infrastructure.

The epicenter was 25 miles northwest of Barranca, a coastal city of 63,000 people, USGS said.

“We have four injuries that are very minor, but they are being treated in medical centers,” Yañez told RPP Noticias.

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon