Peru quake kills three children, woman

Written by CNN Staff Writer Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra has expressed his condolences for those affected by an earthquake on Friday that left several dead and thousands homeless. “The ordeal of these families is…

Peru quake kills three children, woman

Written by CNN Staff Writer

Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra has expressed his condolences for those affected by an earthquake on Friday that left several dead and thousands homeless.

“The ordeal of these families is tragic and I extend my support, solidarity and condolences to them,” said Vizcarra, speaking during a Cabinet meeting.

The 7.5-magnitude quake, which struck the northern regions of Peru, was followed by four more tremors of magnitude between 4.9 and 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey.

All Peru’s major airports were closed for a short time Friday morning because of the shocks, but remained open by 11 a.m. PT.

The dead include a baby, as well as three children and a woman who were all hit by falling objects. Local media said that the woman’s body was discovered under the rubble of her apartment in the province of Sarapiqui.

According to the country’s National Institution of Seismology, other fatalities included the car of an agricultural engineer who had been killed while driving by a bridge.

Local media say the earthquake affected a large portion of Peruvian territory, ranging from Callao in the south to the northern state of Loreto.

“I received news that the quake has also affected a large region of our country, with widespread destruction,” said Vizcarra.

Friday’s earthquake is the second major temblor to strike in Peru in less than a month.

On May 26, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Pisco.

The second powerful quake that struck on May 26 was the most powerful to hit Peru in nearly two decades. The Central American nation was left reeling and ruined after devastating tsunamis wiped out entire coastal cities and slammed into coastlines near Lima.

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