Peru’s president said the government will help those who suffered damages after a powerful earthquake struck the country on Friday.
The 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck 70 miles north of the city of Cusco and had an epicenter near the town of Cuenca, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt in Peru’s capital Lima, as well as in the Pacific region, where damage has been reported.
On Twitter, President Martin Vizcarra thanked the government’s rescue workers and expressed that the government is working with local officials to help people.
“Por favor, seguramente nos va a debatir agua de miedo, ustedes quiere llamar nuevas energías, ¿por qué usted no está obtido bien?” #Peru #Lima pic.twitter.com/aMHGd5UbrN — Marta García Moreno (@MartaLavina_) August 24, 2018
Vizcarra also praised emergency service efforts to help those who suffered damages.
“All Peruvians can be free, free from fear, free from distress, free from worry, free from anguish. So do not feel responsible in any way, be very much free!” @MartaLavina_ to the people impacted by #Peru #Lima pic.twitter.com/X7XTRFiYFg — Marta García Moreno (@MartaLavina_) August 24, 2018
The EPE agency, the country’s first emergency response agency, said that no serious damage has been reported. According to BBC News, the damage has been limited in the southeast, where people tend to live in poor, mountainous areas that may have been susceptible to landslides.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was initially recorded at 6.9-magnitude, but had been revised downward by the time it was finally removed. The quake followed another quake that hit the area last week.
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