People flee in a panic: earthquake shakes Peru’s capital Lima


Lima – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Peru’s capital Lima and the surrounding area on Friday (local time). At least nine people were injured and some houses were damaged, according to the AFP agency.

According to the Geophysical Institute of Peru, the epicenter was 19 kilometers northeast of Lima at a depth of 116 kilometers.



After a magnitude 5.6 quake, residents stand next to the damage in a suburb of the capitalPhoto: Gian Masko / dpa

Some people in the capital fled their homes in a panic. A major highway connecting the capital with central Peru has been blocked by fallen rocks. “Fortunately, we have no fatalities to complain about,” said Rolando Capucho, coordinator of the national emergency call center, the television station N.

The quake was registered in the provinces of Cañete and Chincha south of Lima and in the port city of Chimbote almost 400 kilometers north of the capital. President Pedro Castillo warned of aftershocks on Twitter.


A man stands in his ruined house after the 5.6 magnitude quake

A man stands in his ruined house after the 5.6 magnitude quakePhoto: Gian Masko / dpa

In November, a quake with a magnitude of 7.5 shook the Amazon region in northern Peru. Twelve people were injured and more than 2000 people lost their roof over their heads. At least 400 noticeable earthquakes occur in Peru every year.

The country lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which stretches along the west coast of the American continent. Several tectonic plates collide there and often trigger earthquakes.

A strong 7.9 earthquake shook the central coast of Peru on August 15, 2007; more than 500 people died.

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