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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake shakes Peru and overthrows a centuries-old church tower

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, destroying the towers of a 16th-century Catholic church, but no deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred in a sparsely populated area at 5:52 local time. The quake was deep, about 0.7 miles below the surface of the earth, a factor that could reduce damage to buildings and infrastructure.

The epicenter was 25 miles northwest of Balanka, a coastal city of 63,000 people, about 100 miles north of Lima.

The picture of the scene showed a pile of rubble on which a historic 45-foot-high tower stood. Social media posts have also shown damage elsewhere in the region, and the quake was felt across the northern border between Colombia and Ecuador in Peru.

Walterkarki, the mayor of the city of Haruka Grande, told RPP Noticias that “60 or 70%” of the city’s 3,000 families had some damage to their homes. According to Kalki, three people were slightly injured.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake shakes Peru and overthrows a centuries-old church tower

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