Magnitude 8 Earthquake Strikes Peru and Ecuador

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote region of Peru and the seismic impact effected the neighboring countries of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador.

The powerful earthquake collapsed buildings and knocked out power to some areas, but caused only one reported death. The earthquake struck at 2:41 a.m. and centered in a nature preserve more than 50 miles east of the small town of Yurimaguas, at a depth of 70 miles below the surface.

Government officials reported six people were injured. A bridge collapsed and across seven provinces there was damages to 27 homes, three schools, three hospitals and two churches.

The western coast of South America is located inside the seismic region more susceptible to earthquakes than anywhere else, known as the “Ring of Fire.”



Image adapted from: “Peru physical map” by Urutseg is in the Public Domain