Peru Earthquake Shakes Central Coast, Capital Region
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake rocked the central coast of Peru Friday, which centered close to where a devastating earthquake occurred in 2007, the Associated Press reported.
The quake shook many people, some who were brought to tears after it reminded them of loved ones lost. However, no injuries or deaths were reported at this time.
"It felt like the one in 2007 because it was very strong," Felix Sihuas told RPP radio. He told the radio station he was buried under rubble for six hours during the Aug. 15, 2007.
The 2007 quake killed 596 people and largely destroyed the town of Pisco.
This quake knocked down power and sent people panicking from their homes. In the town of Ica, Bloomberg reported that the local cathedral’s wall and a church tower collapsed, along with other buildings.
"It was very strong but quick," said Juan Carlos Romani, a spokesman for the Ica city council.
He added that no one was injured, though power and phone service is out.
"It lasted ten seconds at most but was very violent," he said.
In the capital city of Lima, buildings shook for about a minute, though no damage or injuries were reported in the metropolitan area.