A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Peru on Sunday, causing a 16th-century Catholic church tower to collapse, although no deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.
The earthquake struck the sparsely populated area at 5:52 a.m. local time, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake was deep, about 0.7 mile 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 town of 63,000 people about 100 miles north of Lima.
Photos from the scene showed a pile of rubble at the site of the historic 45-foot-tall tower. Social media posts also showed damage elsewhere in the region, and the quake was felt across the northeastern border from Peru into Colombia.
Walter Culqui, mayor of the town of Jalca Grande, told RPP Noticias that of the town’s 3,000 families, “60 or 70%” suffered damage to their homes. Three people sustained minor injuries, Culqui said.
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The National Institute of Civil Defense of the Ministry of Defense in Peru did not immediately report the damage or injuries caused by the earthquake.
The earthquake struck hours after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with the epicenter on the outskirts of Lima shook the region.
Contribution: The Associated Press