7.5 earthquake near Peru, closes courthouses

Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra has pledged to help those who lost homes and belongings after a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. The president tweeted that his government will provide aid to…

7.5 earthquake near Peru, closes courthouses

Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra has pledged to help those who lost homes and belongings after a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast.

The president tweeted that his government will provide aid to those affected by the quake, including the public prosecutor’s office, which closed many courts as a precaution. The quake occurred Monday night near the village of Miraflores about 620 miles south of Lima, the country’s capital.

Vizcarra said the affected areas are located in the province of Lambayeque, between the cities of Pisco and Pisco de Oro, and about 100 miles south of the nation’s capital.

The mayor of Lambayeque said there were no reports of injuries or widespread damage in the region.

The quake was originally felt in the capital of Lima. But it has since been widely felt in the city of Arequipa, where people ran into the streets to seek shelter from the heavy shaking, a Reuters reporter reported.

National police were deployed to help evacuate people from buildings in Santiago del Estero, the capital of the country’s southern region, local media reported.

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