1 killed, 11 injured after a magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Peru
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019
A magnitude 8 earthquake has killed one person and injured 11 in the northern Amazon in Peru on Sunday (May 26). More than 50 homes were destroyed including schools, churches, and hospitals.
A 48-year-old man was killed after a boulder struck his home, according to emergency officials.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was around 75 km SSE (south-southeast) of Lagunas and 180 km east of the town of Moyobamba, Peru. It was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra posted on Twitter that authorities were “evaluating the affected areas” and urged people to remain calm.
Meanwhile, there are still no reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs if there are Filipinos affected by the earthquake.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Californians near the epicenter of Friday night’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake are staying cautious about more quakes as aftershocks continued in the following two days.
Friday’s earthquake was the largest to occur in California in nearly 20 years. This comes as the golden state had seen a 6.4-magnitude one on Thursday.
At the epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake — Searles Valley, cracks can be seen on surface of freeways. Underground water pipes were also damaged. In Trona, a nearby town with a population of 2,000 to 3,000, houses and buildings were damaged on different level.
The earthquake caused power outages and water cuts, which were still not fully recovered in some places after two days.
An earthquake shelter was established in the city of Ridgecrest 40 kilometers from Trona following the first earthquake.
Although Californians are no strangers to earthquakes, many are still anxious over the two strong shakes and choose to sleep in the shelter or inside their own vehicles at night.
“So this shelter has been set up by the America Red Cross of our partners that are helping us out here. It’s a evacuation shelter for individuals who have been displaced related to the earthquake that happened here in this area. We are providing food, shelter and information assistance and whatever we can provide for the community to help them to get through the current situation,” said Roy Vargas, leader of the shelter.
Vargas said although people are stressed, they are happy because the situation is getting better.
“Well, I think the general mood, of course, everyone is stressed, because of the situation that have happened. But overall, I think people are about is joy; they are happy because they are working towards getting better,” said Vargas.
Local police department warned residents to stay vigilant and advised every household to store three days of rations and batteries for flashlights in case of more severe quakes and relief supplies may take time to arrive. (REUTERS)
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