LIMA, At least seven people have died and 40 have been injured in southern Peru after a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck near the town of Chivay.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles at about 10 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Emergency aid, including mobile shelters, has been deployed to affected areas.
Authorities are searching for survivors after the earthquake destroyed at least 80 homes in Peru’s Arequipa region. The epicenter of the quake was about 4 miles west of Chivay in Peru’s Caylloma province.
The districts worst affected are Ichupampa, Yanque, Achoma and Maca.
“We are bringing aid to Caylloma and its districts affected by the earthquake,” Peruvian President Pedro Pable Kuczynski said, adding that Vice President Martín Vizcarra will travel to the affected areas and that the Ministry of Defense will also send aid.
Kuczynski recently visited the region after freezing temperatures caused damage.
By Andrew V. Pestano