Quake strikes Peru-Ecuador border region, minor damage reported

A screenshot from a video posted online shows people in Peru inspecting a crack which opened up during the quake.
A screenshot from a video posted online shows people in Peru inspecting a crack which opened up during the quake.SCREENSHOT: TWITTER

LIMA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 jolted the Peru-Ecuador border region on Friday (July 30), the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said, but only minor reports of damage were registered immediately following the tremor.

Newly elected Peruvian President Pedro Castillo planned to travel to the north of the country to survey the damage, said Alfredo Murgueytio, head of Peru's Civil Defense Institute (Indeci).

Television footage showed frightened Peruvians scrambling into the streets as the earth rumbled in the northern coastal city of Piura.

The tremor sent products on supermarket shelves tumbling to the floor and cut power to parts of the region.

Local media reported minor damage to regional infrastructure, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or injuries.

The quake was at a depth of 10km, GFZ said.